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APRIL 26, 27, 1966 





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Lawrence Runnalls 
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Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 






A. D. 

A. Inv. 

Held in the Royal York Hotel Front St. West 



AD 1966, A. Inv. 2496 

Ordered to be read in all Chapters and presereved 


Grand Z. 

581 Weller St. 



Grand Scribe E., 

514 Temple Bldgs., 




Most Excellent Grand First Principal 

Born in Smith Township, County of Peterborough. 

Son of William Herbert and Alberta Mae Girven. 

Married October 24, 1936, to Helen Louise Lipsett. 

They have two daughters, Nancy and Elizabeth. 

Educated at Lakefield and Peterborough. 

Religion — Member of Trinity United Church, member of the board 
of trustees, member of the board of stewards and member of the official 

Business — Manager of Motor and Generator Section, Power Ap- 
paratus Department, Canadian General Electric Company Limited, 
Peterborough, where he has been employed since 1923. 

Civic activities — Past president of Y.M.C.A., chairman of Future 
Planning Committee, Y.M.C.A., member of Advisory Committee to 
Board of Directors, Y.M.C.A., vice-president of Eastern Ontario, Na- 
tional Council, Y.M.C.A. of Canada; member of the executive of Peter- 
borough Industrial Development Organization, vice-president Peter- 
borough Branch, St. John Ambulance; member of the executive of Peter- 
borough Red Cross, past executive member cf the Health League of 
Canada, past chairman Peterborough Branch Canadian Manufacturers' 
Association, past president and director of Peterborough Red Cross 
Association and Community Fund, past president Lions Club, Peter- 
borough; past president V.O.N. , Peterborough; past member of Ontario 
Division Industrial Accident Prevention Association, past member of the 
board of directors, National Institute for the Blind, member and past 
director Peterborough Rotary Club. 

Masonic Record — Life member of Peterborough Lodge No. 155, 
Peterborough, where he was initiated, passed and raised October 4, 1927. 

He was exalted in Corinthian Chapter No. 36 Royal Arch Masons of 
Peterborough on May 28, 1928, and was installed as their first principal 
Z. on January 24, 1940. Elected Grand Superintendent of Ontario Dis- 
trict No. 10, April, 1945, and served on the Grand Executive in various 
capacities from 1947 to 1960. He was elected Grand Third Principal J. 
in 1961 and 1982, Grand Second Principal H., 1963-64, and Grand First 
Principal Z. in 1965. 

He is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of .Saskatche- 
wan, near the Grand Chapter of Canada in Ontario. 

He is a life member of Moore Preceptory No. 13, Peterborough, a 
member of Moore Conclave No. 15 of the Masonic and Military Orders 
of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine KHS and St. John the 
Evangelist, Peterborough, member of Rameses Shrine AAONMS, To- 
ronto, and Kawartha Shrine Club, Peterborough. 

Clubs — Member and past president of Kawartha Golf & Country 
Club, member of Peterborough Club,- member of Peterborough Golf and 
Country Club. 


R. Ex. Comp. Earl Rupert as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. George Elms Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. B. M. White as Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Cadwullader as Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert C. Overholt as Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comps. G. Harold Shannon, Frederick Scott, Leo John Gent, 

Wellington Smith, Reginald Norris, John S. Gee, L. C. Ewener, Arthur 

W. Ayre, Reginald Willett, Rev. Clifford Manning, J. Burnett, W. L. 

Davies; V. Ex. Comps. Kenneth R. Colwell, Ernest Perpers, E. R. 


Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8:30 p m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had been 
called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter rocm for Erie Chapter 
No. 73 Royal Arch Masons of Ridgetown, Ontario. The ceremonv being 
concluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand Chap- 
ter at 9:40 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 


An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic 
Temple of Essex, Ontario, on the sixth of November, A.D. 1965, A. Inv. 


M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z.^ n , 

R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Fortch Grand II. V Jf rand M 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand J.J <- ourci1 

R. Ex. Comp. Milton S. Thompson Grand Superintendent 

District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Allan Pye as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith Grand Princinal Sojourner 

P. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie as Grand Senior So-ourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W, E. Boyle Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Edward M. Marshall as Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. John S. Gee as Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. Robert C. Overholt as Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. Donald Wilson as Grand Organist 

and the following assisting:: 

R. Ex. Ccmns. J. Russell Stewart, George A. Erwin. James H. Rogers, 
C. C. McMullen, Fred W. O. Welham. A. W. Avre. Leo J. Gent, Frank 
Pithie, Peter Ialonde. R. T. Cadwallader. Reginald W. Norris, V Fx. 
Comps. A. W. Overfield, D. M. Burwell, Walter Ho2kney, G. I. Smyth, 
Leo N. Allen, Alexander Mitchell. 

Grsnd Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8:00 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had 
been called for the purpose of dedicating the Chapter room for Prince 
of Wales No. 71 Royal Arch Masons of Essex, Ontario. The ceremony 
being concluded the Most Excellent Grand First Principal closed Grand 
Chapter at 9:40 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 



An especial Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Toronto, Ontario, on the twelfth of November, A.D. 1965, 
A. Inv. 2495. 


M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. "s r , 

R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand H. V r™™u 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand J.J uouncn 

R. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray Grand Superintendent District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie as Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Boyle Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. George Elms Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. P. Price as Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. D. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

V. Ex. Comp. R. C. Pannabecker Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

M. Ex. Comn. C. W. Emmett; R. Ex. Comns. Frederick Scott, Leo John 
Gent, L. C. Ewener, W. D. Harrison, J. M. Hood, J. D. B. Young. Wm. 
J. Grierson, D. D. M. Peebles, Wm. Angst", George Sheard, Milton Gott- 
lich, H. F. Burke; V. Ex. Comps. W. Shearer, Edward Marshall, W. B. 
Spencer, M Fidler, J. Shield, Ernie Boyt, Samuel Bustard, W. Smith, 
A. Green, James Turnbull, J. E. Young, J. S. Bremner, J. W. McCul- 
lough, R. P. Sibbald, W. Price and others. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8:10 p.m. when the 
Grand First Principal announced that the especial Convocation had 
been called for the puroose of dedicating the Chapter room for York 
No. 62, Occident No. 77, Mount Sinai No. 212, Ulster No. 219, King 
Cyrus No. 232 and Oakwood No. 233 Chapters of Royal Arch Masons 
of Toronto, Ontario. The ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent 
Grand First Principal closed Grand Chapter at 9:50 p.m. 


Seal Grand Scribe E. 




The One Hundred and Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
held in the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada, on Anril 26 and 27, 1966. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 

R. Ex, Comp. Stanley Portch Grand 



R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand 

M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, R. V. Conover, Fred W. Dean, A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, John L. House, Maurice A. Searle, Bruce H. Smith, Charles 
W. Emmett, Fraser Hay, M.D., Melville S. Gooderham. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert J. Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 


R. Ex. Comp. Ralph C. Neely Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Smith Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Tennant Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Ernest Boyle Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Floyd Wrightson Grand Registrar 

V. Ex. Comp. George Elms Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 


R. Ex. Comp. Milton Sanford Thompson St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. James Russell Stewart London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Ben G. Sheldon Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Jefkins Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. James Hilton Rogers Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Morrow Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. George Alfred De Quetteville Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. David Charles Reedie Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Blakely Lamont Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Delbert David Murray Peebles Ontario District No. 10 
R. Ex. Comp. Cyril Clifford McMullen .. Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. George William Gorrell St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Murray James McLeod Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold George Blanchard Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lawrence Robertson New Ontario District No. 15 
R. Ex. Comp. Harold Richter Temaskaming District No. 16 


A constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the One Hundred and Eighth Annual Convocation of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario was opened in Ample Form at 10 a.m. 



The following distinguished guests were introduced by the Grand 
Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. George Elms and assistants: 

M. Ex. Comp. Archie Simons, Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. Harry F. Luckabaugh, Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. Ernest L. Welsh, Grand High Priest. 


M. Ex. Comp. Silas E. Greenberg, Grand First Principal. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. Gordon Parker, Grand First Principal. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. Irvine Weist, Grand High Priest. 


M. Ex. Comp. Woolcott S. Bissell, Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. W. Marshall Black, Grand High Priest. 

M. Ex. Comp. William E. Norman, Grand High Priest. 



R. Ex. Comp. David Widmoyer, Grand King, Representing M. Ex. 

Comp. C. L. Oxley, Grand High Priest. 


M. Em. Comp. W. A. Montgomery, The Most Eminent Supreme 

Grand Master. 


M. Ex. & Comp. John Day, Immediate Past Grand President. 


111. Bro. Geo. C. Derby, Sovereign Grand Commander. 

Comp. Eldon Mitchell, Deputy Grand Master, representing M. 

111. Grand Master, W. Clifton Fleming. 


M. Wor. Bro. & Comp. James Allan, Grand Master 

M. Wor. Bro. & Ex. Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 

The Grand First Principal James E. Girven expressed his delight 
in welcoming the three Grand Representatives from our Sister Grand 
Jurisdictions who were present, and extended a sincere and heartfelt 
welcome to the distinguished guests and Companions and announced: 
"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing and properly vouched for, 
will be made welcome during the Convocation. 

Grand Chapter called off. 

Grand Chapter was called off to permit receiving Alderman Harold 
Menzies, who extended a welcome to all Royal Arch Masons, on behalf 
of His Worship and Companion Mayor Philip G. Givens, Q.C., as 


I count it a special honour and privilege to be with you at the 
Roval York Hotel to-day as the representative of his Worship Mayor 
Philip G. Givens, Q.C, and to officially greet you on your visit to 
Toronto to attend the Grand Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

The City of Toronto is very pleased to welcome you to her midst 
at anv and all gatherings and I know of none more worthy of recogni- 
tion than the one being held to-day. It is most unfortunate that Mayor 
Givens was unable to accept the Grand Z.'s invitation — especially as 
I have learned that Arch Masons are here to-day from other Canadian 
Provinces and, in addition, representatives from Sister Jurisdictions in 
the United States. 

I understand the Ladies will be enjoying a guided tour of our new 
City Hall this afternoon and I know you will hear many fine compli- 
ments about our magnificent new civic headauarters. If any of you 
haven't had a chance to view our showplace, I hope you will take an 
hour or so to visit the building. You will see something I know you will 
never forget. 

Fraternal organizations like the Masonic Order bring much to the 
communal life of the community and Canada as a whole — in fact to 
the entire North American continent. 

Every organization, Lodge, or Brotherhood of Man, contributes to 


the upward progress of the human race by the daily example and con- 
cern of its members. Through Chapters such as yours, men gather 
together in fellowship and their lives are enriched by the opportunity 
of sharing their hopes and dreams in a common purpose. 

I know the world is, indeed, a better place for all by reason of 
the continuing existence of devoted men who belong to the Masonic 
Order. Masonry, and all it stands for, has played an important part 
and given leadership in the Government of both our countries, at every 
level of the respective administrations. 

I am very proud to be with you this morning to bring this brief 
message of civic greetings. I hope your deliberations during this Con- 
vocation will be blessed with success and that everyone may go forward 
from this gathering renewed and refreshed to participate not only in 
furthering the progress of the groups to which he belongs but, to en- 
hance the wealth and prosperity of his Home-City and Country. 

Thank you. 

After receiving a round of applause from the Companions and a 
personal thank you from M. Ex. Comp. Girvin Alderman Menzies 

Grand Chapter called on. 


By the Grand Chaplain R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton 

Organist: Ex. Comp. Roy Pannabecker 

Hymn: u O God, Our Help in Ages Past." 

Prayer — Almighty God, glorious and gracious, unto whom all hearts 
are opened, pour into our hearts Thy love and Holy Spirit, fill 
them with joy and peace, to whom all desires are known, and 
from whom no secrets are hid, purify our desires, and cleanse 
them of all selfishness and sin, that we may perfectly love 
Thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name. Draw all mankind 
together with the bonds of brotherhood so that we may be 
able to say together, Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed 
be thy name, etc. 
Scripture Lesson, Epistle of James, 4: 13-17 Phillips' Version 

Companions, in the first book of the Volume of the Sacred Law, 
chapter 5, and verse 27 we read this brief, and apparently complete, 
obituary. "And the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty- 
nine years, and he died". Methuselah is reputed to be the oldest man 
that ever lived. No one mentioned in the Bible lived as long. This long- 
evity of the Biblical patriarchs is difficult to understand. No one seems 
to be able to give a satisfactory explanation of it either. Even though 
medical science has done so much to improve and extend man's life one 
can scarcely reach one century today. By the time one reaches the 
ninety mark, the physical body is worn out, and often our 
strength long before that. Most people who reach this ripe old 
age have no desire to go on living. I have no desire to live even in this 
modern world, where there are so many provisions for enjoyable living, 
beyond the ability of my physical body to enjoy it. 

There wasn't much to live for in the days of Methuselah, I'm sure. 
It was a primitive world, full of hardships and few comforts. At the 
end of the day Methuselah could not turn on his TV, or listen to music 
on the radio or his Hi-Fi, peruse his favourite daily, or go to a hockey 
game but just sit around the camp fire and swap some primitive yarns, 
or stretch his weary body on his floor mat. When his eyesight failed, 
or his hearing deteriorated, he just had to put up with it, for there 
were no glasses or hearing aids. Long before he was half way through 


his long life his teeth would be gone, he would be deaf and blind. Some- 
one has facetiously said, "It isn't likely Methuselah lived 969 years, it 
just seemed that long". So when death came to the old man it was a 
great relief, not only to him, but to those who had to care for him. 

I don't believe death was meant to be a tragedy, but rather a de- 
liverance from the limitations of a worn out physical body. There are 
times when death is a tragedy, when young, promising lives are de- 
stroyed by accidents and carelessness. I buried a man of 52 some years 
ago who died from cirrhosis of the liver. He was an able man, with a 
good business, but had become an alcoholic. I tried to talk to him some 
time before, but all he could say was, "I'm an old man, I have lived my 
life, I'm ready to go". He wasn't old, he hadn't lived his life, he wasn't 
ready to go. His death was a tragedy and premature. Many tragic 
deaths occur because of war, man's folly, and the scourge of such dis- 
eases as cancer. But in most cases death comes as a blessed relief, 
either to hopeless sufferers, or feeble worn out human bodies. Wouldn't 
this be a pathetic world if there was no such thing as death? Imagine 
all your ancestors still alive, living useless, helpless lives, with no way 
out whatsoever. 

This ancient obituary tells us nothing of the life of Methuselah. It 
gives no indication of any good he may have done, or any service he 
may have rendered. Was it possible to live so long and do nothing- 
worth mentioning in an obituary? I think it is. There are many people 
living today whose life is as thin as a string, useless and barren. The 
world is no better for all their years, and when they die the world will 
be no poorer. They were born, no credit to them, they were educated^ 
to Which they contributed little, they got married and had children 
which was accomplished without any intelligent effort or dedication. 
What kind of an obituary could one write for such people ? Such people 
create more problems than they help to solve. They are never assets. 
Was Methuselah such a person? Then he lived too long for the good of 
the world. I can't believe a real Mason could ever live this way. 

We are all in this world for a purpose; we have a job to do; the 
great Creator needs your co-operation and mine; we have a responsi- 
bility to both God and man. If we live just for ourselves, using our 
time, energy and possessions for our own glory and pleasure, we are 
nothing more than parasites. Man who was made in the image of God 
was meant to be a partner with Him in maintaining and developing 
this world according to the Divine plan. Time, talents and possessions 
are part of the equipment He has bestowed upon us to enable us to 
work with Him. To spend our lives ;iust for our own selfish ends, robs 
God, and makes Him poor indeed. This world is not a prison where we 
put in time, but a great vineyard where we are called upon to labour 
in the service of the great Creator. The same can be said about our 
Masonic institution, it isn't here for man's glory alone, but for the glory 
of God, the enrichment of our lives, and the benefits of all mankind. 

"I want to think when life is done 
That I have filled a needful post; 
That here or there I've paid my fare 
With more than idle talk and boast. 
That I have taken gifts divine, 
The breath of life and manhood fine, 
And that I used them now and then 
In the service of my fellowmen. 
I hate to think when life is through 
That I had lived my round of years 
A useless kind that leaves behind 


No record in this vale of tears; 

That I had wasted all my days 

By living only in selfish ways. 

And that this world would be the same 

If it had never heard my name. 

I want to think when life is through, 

That here or there there shall remain 

Some happier spot which might have not 

Existed had I toiled for gain; 

That someone's cheery voice and smile 

Would prove that I had been worthwhile, 

And that I'd paid with something fine 

My debt to God for life divine. 
Closing Prayer: 

Eternal God we give Thee sincere thanks for all thy great gifts, 
for our Masonic order, for our companions with whom we lived in frat- 
ernal fellowship, and have now been called from this vale of mortality 
to the realms of everlasting day. Look down in tender love and pity, 
we beseech Thee, upon our loved ones left behind. Inspire their mourn- 
ing with hope, that while they mourn they may not faint or lose heart, 
but remembering all thy promises and love, may yield themselves into 
Thy hands to be taught and disciplined by Thee. Fill their desolate 
hearts with thy love, so that they may cleave more closely to Thee, 
who bringest life out of death, and ever able to bring them and their 
loved ones into the glorious fellowship of thy courts above. Hear these 
our earnest prayers for thy great name's sake. 

The delegates joined in singing "God Save the Queen" and "My 
Country Tis of Thee." 


The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, requested the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. George Elms, to present 
the living Past Grand Z's. The following were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944. 

M. Ex. Ccmp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, 1955-56. 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle. 1957-58. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 1959-60. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 1961-62. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D., 1963-64. 

M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham. 1957 Honorary. 

The Grand First Principal James E. Girven extended a very sincere 
and cordial welcome to the Past Grand Zs, after which Grand Honors 
were accorded. 

M. Ex. Comp. Girven expressed the regrets of M. Ex. Comp. A. G. 
N. Bradshaw of his being unable to be present at this Convocation due 
to illness, and of his wishes that the Convocation would be most suc- 

The Grand Scribe E. was directed to send the following telegram 
to him: "The Grand Executive sends our affectionate greetings and 
regrets that you are unable to be with us at this Convocation". 

The Grand Scribe E. received in reply the following message: 
"Please thank the Grand First Principal and all Companions for their 
affectionate greetings which are greatly appreciated. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal James E. Girven, 
officers and members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, distinguished 


guests from sister jurisdictions in Canada, the United States and rep- 
resentatives from other Masonic Orders, we of Toronto Districts 8 & 
8A extend a most hearty welcome. The Companions of Toronto Dis- 
tricts 8 & 8A have given me the distinct honour, the very great per- 
sonal pleasure but the extremely difficult task of putting into words 
that will convey something of the joy and privilege that is ours in once 
again being your hosts for this the 108th Annual Convocation of Grand 
Chapter and I can only pledge that we will do all we can to make your 
visit among us both memorable, and profitable. 

Most Excellent Sir we of the two Toronto Districts have, as I am 
sure all Districts have, profited from your capable, conscientious stew- 
ardship. We hope that as you enter the second year in your high office 
you will be fortified by the sure and certain knowledge that you have 
given inspirational leadership, devoted service and a warm friendly sym- 
pathetic guidance to the Royal Arch Masons of this Grand Jurisdiction, 
who in turn hold you in the highest regard, the greatest admiration 
and the deepest affection. We fervently pray that you may be spared 
in health and strength to continue to lend your experience and wisdom 
to the cause of Capitular Masonry for this and many more years to 

Most Excellent Sir will you accept this very small token of the 
appreciation, the affection and the esteem of your Companions of 
Toronto Districts 8 & 8A. 

Presented this 26th day of April, 1966. 


Grand Superintendent Toronto District 8 


Grand Superintendent Toronto District 8A 


One of the highlights of this Grand Convocation was the impressive 
presentation of a new United States of America flag by M. Ex. Comp. 
Wm. E. Norman, Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons in Virginia, in token of the long-standing and friendly 
relations between their Grand Chapter and ours in Ontario, as well as 
between our respective nations. 

This new 50 star American flag is of silk nylon, size 4 ft. by 6 ft. 
with gold fringe and tassels. M. Ex. Comp. Norman in making this 
presentation advised that it had an added meaning to him personally, 
since he was born a Canadian and was now a citizen of the United 
States of America. 

M. Ex. Comp. Norman further advised that the new flag of Canada, 
presented by M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven last year, shared the Vir- 
ginia Grand East along with their U.S.A. flag; the new Canadian flag 
replacing the former flag of Canada which was presented to them by 
our Grand Jurisdiction, on their 150th Anniversary Sesauicentennial 
Celebration of the forming of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
in Virginia, held in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1958. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven in making a very appropriate reply 
accepted this new flag of the United States of America on behalf of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario, saying he felt that this would further cement the long and 
harmonious relations between our two Grand Jurisdictions and of our 
two great nations. 

From the response it was quite evident that this reciprocal presen- 
tation on the part of M. Ex. Comp. W. E. Norman was much appreciat- 
ed by the Companions present. 



The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Pro- 
ceedings of the One Hundred and Seventh Annual Convocation held in 
the city of Toronto when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, 
seconded by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon: 

Resolved — "That the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation 
held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 13 and 14, 1965, have been printed 
and copies thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the 
recorded minutes be considered as read and the same is now confirmed." 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch and seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — 'That the order of business of this Grand Convocation be 
changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 


R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, chairman of the Credentials 
Committee, reported that there are 158 warranted Chapters on the roll 
of Grand Chapter of which 147 Chapters were represented by the 

1 W. C. F. Saunders, Z.; H. C. Babcock, H.; R. L. Gostlin, L. N. Arm- 
strong, W. H. Gummer, R. H. Seymour, R. G. Willis, P.Z.'s. 

2 J. Herbert Smith, Edward M. Marshall, P.Z.'s. 

3 W. A. Legg, H.; Wm. Thornley, J.; Wm. H. Parker, P.Z. 

4 K. L. Bellamy, W. L. Lankin, H. J. McCaw, 0. B. Dickinson, P.Z.'s. 

5 Hugh McGhee, Z.; Roy West, H.; Malcolm McRae, J.; Ab. Cava- 
nagh, Reginald W. Norris, Arthur W. Ayre, James A. Kennedy, 
Sophus Pedersen, P.Z.'s. 

6 Fred Scott, Alexander J. Wilson, P.Z.'s. 

7 Charles Beatty, Z.; Allan Dempsey, H.; E. Harrison, J.; E. C. 
Wood, L. E. Vaughn, H. T. Adams, P.Z.'s. 

8 Charles Smyth, Z.; Edward Barbour, H.; James Graham, J.; Wm. 
H. King, Arthur M. Otis, Horace N. Carr, Gordon A. McConnell, 
Stanley Sleeman, Wm. G. Dobinson, Leonard Roberts, Gerald 
Plumpton, Ailwyn Modlin, P.Z.'s. 

15 Wm. Crisp, L. C, Ewener, P.Z.'s. 

16 Wilson McDuffee, Z.; Paul Naish, H.; Clifford Meunier, J.; Lloyd 
B. Gillespie, Wm. Tennant, Charles Compton, Gordon Lewis, P.Z.'s. 

18 John J. Weber, Z.; J. Hibner, J. 0. Meckbach, L. B. Shipp, G. K. 
Mansell, P.Z.'s. 

19 Edwin Dodge, Z.; Arthur Omer, Leonard McMann, P.Z.'s. 

20 R. W. E. McFadden, P.Z. 

22 Helmer G. Reddick, Z.; E. A. Barnard, W. H. Whitney, P.Z.'s. 

23 T. C. Holland, Z.; J. Henry Johnston, H.; Robert G. Boswell, J.; 
F. M. Reid, P.Z. 

24 R. Young, J.; G. Smith, P.Z. 

26 Angus McDonald, Z.; N. M. Sprague, J. Birch, P.Z.'s. 

27 Douglas B. Watson, Z.; Thomas Borthwick, H.; B. M. Conron, G. 
S. Hudson, E. Douthwaite, P.Z.'s. 

28 Robert E. Temperton, Z.; Russell E. Flutter, H.; Harold D. Powless, 
J.; A. G. Coppin, Wm. F. Boorman, Victor E. Hulatt, Jack G. 
Magee, P.Z.'s. 

29 Ex. Comp. McCullagh, Proxy. 

30 Hugh Hill, C. E. Laithwaite, J. E. Westbrook, Wm. G. Treble, 

31 Frank Root, Z.; Frank Dulmage, H.; James York, J. 

32 H. H. Boulter, Z.; W. B. Murphy, F. C. Ackert, A. G. Malcolm, 


34 W. T. Kirkpatrick, Z.; H. S. Lougheed, B. J. Lamont, A. K. Rud- 
dick, P.Z.'s. 

35 Archibald Taylor, Z.; John D. Howard, H.; Harold M. Douglas, J.; 
Fred J. Gale, Charles W. Stafford, W. Percy Price, Thomas R. 
Tompkins, P.Z.'s. 

36 C. A. Bedford, Z.; J. Myall, H.; J. E. Girven, B. H. Pammett, R. 
Mathews, D. Miller, R. K. Burns, P.Z.'s. 

37 John H. Roy, Z.; C. P. McElroy, P.Z. 

40 Wm. J. VanNorman, James A. Robertson, Paul W. Mercer, Oliver 
T. Flint, Wilbert Smith, Wm. H. Quant, George E. Milner, P.Z.'s. 

41 Ronald H. Cartmale, Z.; L. L. Mansfield, Ben G. Sheldon, Harry R. 
Nagle, Gerald M. Cole, P.Z.'s. 

44 Gordon Fresque, Z.; Harry Taylor, H.; A. V. Roy, F. K. Hill, Les 
Wilbraham, P.Z.'s. 

45 K. Mills, Z.; D. C. Peebles, D. D. M. Peebles, P.Z.'s. 

46 Earl Barber, Z.; Herbert Sparling, Clarence Dunseith, P.Z.'s. 

47 James N. McDonald, Z.; Reginald Meen, Gordon Ford, A. S. H. 
Cree, P.Z.'s. 

48 Wm. F. Thompson, Z.; Charles G. Wheatley, I.P.Z. 

53 J. Russell Stewart, Melvin W. Karr, P.Z.'s. 

54 Wallace Capern, Z.; V. Pow, P.Z. 

55 J. Titterington, Z.; C. A. Larson, P.Z. 
57 W. Cooper, H.; D. Winn, P.Z. 

59 R. Stick, Z.; A. Regan, P.Z. 

62 S. S. Kell, Z.; E. W. Brooks, H.; J. H. Cook, J.; H. G. Gaskon, 
W. J. Grierson, C. M. Platten, G. W. Middleton, G. A. Cooper, Jos. 
Shield, A. H. Gray, J. M. Hood, H. B. Wilkinson, D. B. Filsinger, 
P Z 's 

63 r'. Y.' Love, Z.; J. W. McFadyen, P.Z. 

64 R. G. Ohler, Z.; C. E. Griffin, H. H. Dilamarter, J. C. L. McKeand, 
P Z 's 

65 Cecil E. Davis, Z.; C. H. Murray, H.; L. R. Evans, J.; John F. 
Boehm, Maxwell Clark, P.Z.'s. 

66 Clifford Britton, Z.; David McLean, H.; C. A. Barber, John Bach, 
M. E. Clarke, James Doig, George Thompson, J. W. Crich, Amos 
Corby, W. J. F. Bell, D. R. Cooper, Orville Oke, A. Broadfoot, K. 
Sharp, Earl Campbell, P.Z.'s. 

67 J. Fred Edwards, L. E. Morphy, Frank B. Johnson, P.Z.'s. 

68 Gordon Forbes, Z.; C. D. Beckett, E. B. Dangerfield, G. J. J. Pur- 
cell, P.Z.'s. 

69 G. B. Lipsitt, L. L. Lymburner, G. A. Dequetteville, P.Z.'s. 

71 John Muxworthy, Clarence Watt. P.Z.'s. 

72 Douglas Pyear, Z.; G. W. Bailey, J. L. Good, Ivan Caldwell, Burton 
Woodback, P.Z.'s. 

73 Peter L. Lalonde, A. W. Overfield, Fred Yardley, P.Z.'s. 

74 Manford E. Gare, Z.; Frank Hendry, J.; A. W. Holt, P.Z. 

75 Thomas Bradley, Z.; Edwin Harrop, R. J. Hamilton, F. W. 
Chisholm, P.Z.'s. 

76 G. E. French, C. L. Dill, N. Farrington, P.Z.'s. 

77 James Henderson, Z.; Ivor Rogers, J.; John M. Burden, George W. 
Elms, J. Earl Jenkins, Charles W. Emmett, Harry P. Hopkinson, 
Wm. Shearer, Eldridge K. Hogaboom, Fred P. Wratten, Percy 
Helm, Clifford Aikins, John L. Dobson, Albert L. Lee, John Hut- 
ton, James W. Woodland, P.Z.'s. 

78 A. D. Morton, Z.; C. A. McGregor, P.Z. 

79 Harland Johnson, Z.; Arthur I. Cook, H.; Charles M. White, J.; 
Alfred H. Jones, Leith L. Querie, Alfred J. R. Moxon, Albert E. 
O'Halloran, P.Z.'s. 


80 Robert Sutherland, Proxy, A. Ross Bourne, Clarence W. Flett, Dr. 
George E. Turner, Charles E. Hillman, P.Z.'s. 

81 H. P. Grant, R. W. Stratton, P.Z.'s. 

82 Nicholas Nazvesky, Z.; W. H. Cheetham, H. G. Blanchard, C. J. 
Miller, P.Z.'s. 

83 W. L. Hill, Z.; A. Langdon, H.; W. J. McCall, W. E. Watson, H. 
J. Reeve, P.Z.'s. 

84 Gerald Roane, Z.; Archibald Engel, H.; C. Lawrie Cousins, P.Z. 
88 Richard Cadwallader, Edward H. Logan, Hugh M. Dunlop, Delbert 

J. McCaughrin, P.Z.'s. 
91 Herb. W. Powell, Z.; A. A. Kitchen, John Hewat, Clare Howes, 
John Bailey, L. W. L. Dixon, Wm. Hillis, R. E. P. Coleman, P.Z.'s. 

94 George McCombe, Z.; L. A. Gilkinson, P.Z. 

95 L. W. Young, Z.; E. Smith, P.Z. 

102 D. H. Cook, Z.; E. G. Brew, E. C. Price, R. W. King, P.Z.'s. 

103 G. W. Carmichael, Z.; J. W. K. Carmichael, A. S. Haley, A. J. 
Mellis, P.Z.'s. 

104 Stan Portch, Gordon Brown, C. T. Sherry, W. S. Thomson, P.Z.'s. 
110 Harry S. Ewing, James Bird, P.Z.'s. 

112 George W. Gorrell, P.Z. 

113 Arthur W. Antoine, Z. 

114 H. W. Mayhew, W. L. Byers, John R. New, P.Z.'s. 

116 D. K. Coyles, Z.; A. A. Wright, M. P. Morris, C. Cassibo, P.Z.'s. 

117 Lome A. Becker, W. Roy Cooper, Walter J. Leach, Allen C. Mason, 
G. Harold Shannon, P.Z.'s. 

119 George Nelner, Z.; Wm. G. Marriott, H.; Lawrence F. Hillman, J.; 
R. A. Willett, J. A. Mclntyre, D. A. Robinson, P.Z.'s. 

129 Stanley L. Earl, F. Lannin, P.Z.'s. 

130 Lome Evans, H.; E. H. Gorrell, H. Morrow, F. Wrightson, H. Car- 
law, P.Z.'s. 

132 Harry Trueman, Proxy. 

133 G. A. Phillips, J. J. Carpenter, G. P. Marshall, F. Fairfield, G. H. 
Patterson, P.Z.'s. 

13'4 Irvine Fisher, Z.; Lance Patterson, J.; Lloyd G. Parliament, R. 
Imhoff, P.Z.'s. 

135 Robert J. Warren, Z.; Carl C. Futerbough, H.; Clarence G. Arm- 
strong, J.; Frank J. Curl, Charles S. Feasby, H. V. Watson, L. M. 
Nicholls, M. Veitch, G. G. Gregg. J. K. Noble, E. R. Fairman, N. E. 
Ballard, M. W. Acton, W. E. Bradbury, W. J. Morgan, M. D. Feas- 
by, R. W. Rodd, P.Z.'s. 

138 Ernest Moyle, Z.; Martin Van Wamelon, H.; Ervine Wood, J.; Earl 
H. Hughes, Charles E. Wells, George Gunn, P.Z.'s. 

140 Gordon E. Karle, Z.; Frank R. M. Page, H.; J. L. Foster, G. Page, 
W.-B. Stasiv, H. J. Sutherland, A. E. Knox, S. E. Forrester, W. S. 
Shaver, H. Crawford, D. Hareus, P.Z.'s. 

143 Clifford C. Hart, Z. 

144 Ralph Bell, Z.; Frank Lindsey, J.; Ben Thompson, I. P.Z. 

145 L. A. Moore, Z.; M. A. Searle, L. G. T. Taylor, P.Z.'s. 

146 Wilfred J. Cockwell, Z.; Leroy Zurbrigg, H.; Wm. L. Corlett, J.; 
S. J. Coghlin, J. E. Smith, M. G. Beaty, Fred Day, Oscar Thomp- 
son, Harvey McDermitt, Jack Gee, Elmer Johnston, Dr. Fraser 
Hayi, P.ZVs. 

147 George Wm. Evans, H. 

148 M. J. McLeod, P. E. Wall, P.Z.'s. 

150 Edward S. P. Carson, H.: Wm. E. McDonald, J.; Joseph W. Carson, 
Maxwell A. Doupe, John B. Carson, P.Z.'s. 

151 Lome A. Schultz, Z.; J. E. Brown, Lloyd C. Phillips, Collin K. 
Mick, P.Z.'s.. 

152 I. W. Smith, P.Z. 


153 John Kucera, Z.; E. K. Rupert, P.Z. 

155 Russell Brown, Z.; Laverne Betzner, H.; Roy Vansickle, J.; Albert 

Martin, Harry Lindsay, Gordon Calder, John D. Calder, John H. 

Calder, Shelard Calder, P.Z.'s. 
161 W. R. McCoy, Z.; R. F. Dafoe, J.; Carl Whittemore, P.Z. 

163 L. A. Woolger, T. J. Middleton, E. W. Bath, W. L. Brown, D. C. 
Armstrong, E. R. Ansell, R. W. Baxter, F. S. Dickens, P.Z.'s. 

164 Clarence L. Shaw, Proxy, Milton S. Thompson, P.Z. 

167 J. J. Robins, Proxy. 

168 Preston Hall, Z.; Francis W. Long, I.P.Z. 

169 Allen P. Armstrong, Z.; Wm. A. Bowman, P.Z. 

175 Gerald H. R. Crawshaw, Z.; T. Howard Ralph, H.; Frederick W. 
Dean, Cecil R. Smith, John R. Dunbar, James H. Rogers, Ephraim 
Hudson, Bruce D. Burt, P.Z.'s. 

184 G. Grey, Z.; W. Rostron, H. S. Winkworth, T. McHugh, P.Z.'s. 

195 H. Spratt, Proxy; H. McClure, J. Archdekin, W. B. Cannon, M. 
Clark, P.Z.'s. 

198 Howard R. Flemming, Z.; J. Miller Donald, J.; T. R. Chester, H. 
G. Graham, J. W. Davies, M. A. MacDonald, A. J. McKenzie, Wm. 
L. Patterson, Douglas J. Cossey, P.Z.'s. 

205 Wilf Cameron, Z.; Cecil Smith, H.; H. Ince, David Hill, G. J. Hall, 
P Z 's 

210' Kenneth Campbell, H. 

212 Milton Gottlieb, Z.; Michael Sandler, H.; Louis Hermant, J.; Harry 
R. Fox, Max Cooper, Abraham Fox, Joseph Roebuck, Irwin M. Gil- 
bert, Herman Ginsberg, Harold Hands, Samuel J. Sword, Harold 
Sayles, Murray Fidler, Aube Weisman, Louis Ritter, Ned Austin, 
Irving M. Ingles, Samuel Tenenbaum, Benjamin Walters, P.Z.'s. 

214 Burton A. Russell, Proxy. 

215 R. Younker, H.; W. B. Angst, Herbert Jones, B. J. Rodd, D. C. 
Reedie, M. H. King, P.Z.'s. 

217 Edward W. Elcombe, Z.; John L. House, John A. Burton, James 
Turnbull, W. J. Webber, W. J. Raeburn, W. Wylie, J. J. Mehaffey, 
A. 0. Murray, Albert Baldwin, Elwood H. Reid, P.Z.'s. 

218 Lloyd Armstrong, Z.; Harold McGhee, Alex Mawdsley, P.Z.'s. 

219 Peter Gallagher, Z.; Jack Crawford, H.; Joseph W. McCullough, 
David MacLauchlan, James Bremner, Garfield Anthony, George 
Sheard, Thomas Barker, Herbert Kesteven, Peter Taylor, Hugh 
McLauchlan, P.Z.'s. 

220 S. V. Meakings, Z.; Alex Grant, H.; Barry Watson, J.; J. A. Evans, 
W. H. Carr, W. M. Creech, W. F. Leuty, J. H. Dicken, W. A. Mc- 
Kague, G. H. Horner, J. B. Richardson, A. R. McDougall, H. A. 
Harris, G. H. Rothwell, H. J. Rothwell, P. McGregor, P.Z.'s. 

222 Frederick F. Horton, Z.; George A. MacLeod, Henry T. C. Hum- 
phries, P.Z.'s. 

223 Wallace Layte, Z.; Parker Faler, A. F. Righton, Harold Richter, 
Horace A. Jones, P.Z.'s. 

224 G. Ben Cowman, Z.; Murray B. Spiers, J.; William H. Pace, Wil- 
liam Dickson, H. Donald Falkiner, P.Z.'s. 

225 Donald Magee, Z.; Wm. D. Sturch, H.; Tak Nishino, J.; William 
Pendleton, John C. Day, James F. Winton, John Broadfoot, Fred 
W. D. Welham, John T. Wallace, Joseph Brown, John E. Richard- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

227 Reg. Cooper, Z.; Wm. Stewart, H.: Bruce H. Smith. Perc. E. Kerr, 
Charles Batt, Cyril C. McMullen, L. A. Courtemanche, E. L. Good- 
man, B. A. Gill, P.Z.'s. 

230 Wm. Garrod, Z.; N. J. Horruzey, H.; R. A. Young, C. M. Lobban, 


231 John C. Crockatt, Z.; Hiram Ross, H.; John Inglis, J.; H. L. Mar- 
tyn, James W. Woodland, W. K. Herd, E. C. Shunk, Harold Ed- 
mondson, Wm. J. Bain, P.Z.'s. 

232 J. P. Jollymore, Z.; A. S. Currie, H.; J. L. Mellor, J.; W. W. Les- 
ter, A. G. Sullivan, F. W. Thorn, W. H. Anderson, R. Smith, E. 
Barber, E. J. Ridgway, P.Z.'s. 

233 W. Oldham, H.; W. E. Gardner, John Burns, E. W. Humphreys, 
B. Alford, D. Wilson, E. Burrell, R. K. Griffin, P.Z.'s. 

234 Thomas Niven, Z.; E. L. Arnold, I. G. Noble, P.Z.'s. 

235 Charles Henshaw, Z.; John Hepple, J.; E. J. Eveleigh, R. H. B. 
Cook, R. H. Foote, P.Z.'s. 

236 Robert Weatherston, Z.; Edgar C. Reid, William Williamson, P.Z.'s. 

238 Robert H. Chapman, Z.; Victor L. Hopwood, H.; B. S. Scott, Wm. 
G. Chapman, Eldon W. Mitchell, L. E. Fortner, W. L. Davies, Clay- 
ton Hanna, Harold C. Fleming, Joseph Hessey, Donald H. Thom- 
son, P.Z.'s. 

239 Allan D'Clute, Z.; Ernest J. Stewart, H.; Ronald Nudds, P.Z. 

240 J. N. Davis, Proxy, S. Magder, P.Z. 

241 R. W. Gerring, J.; E. Pickles, H. S. Biggs, 0. R. Roberts, J. E. 
Young, P.Z.'s. 

242 Gordon W. Hotham, Z.; Samuel Toy, P.Z. 

243 Fred W. Checkley, H.; Albert E. Crook, Norman L. Pratt, P.Z.'s. 

245 Milton S. Zimmerman, J.; Arthur Jefkins, Fred Illingworth, Frank 
Barton, Gordon Armstrong, Robert Wright, P.Z.'s. 

246 G. C. Laing, Z.; K. J. Campbell, H.; J. K. Whitfield, J.; A. F. Nis- 
bet, R. H. Taylor, R. Cruise, H. E. Harrison, J. M. Bremner, C. L. 
Harron, P.Z.'s. 

247 David Whitehall, Z.; Henry Motton, J.; Leo J. Gent, Ralph Neely, 
P.Z 's 

249 P. A. Boyd, Z.; J. R. Abernethy, H.; H. G. Freeman, A. W. G. 
Northcutt, E. F. R. Osborne, H. Bruce Fink, P.Z.'s. 

250 Aaron B. Childs, Z.; Allan A. Leal, H.: Hugh W. Randall. J.; Hugh 
B. Hood, Allan Pve, Daniel Cooper, Norman Spence, P.Z.'s. 

251 G. W. Burgman, Z. 

252 Boris Milosevic, Z.; J. Howard Coleman, Thomas W. Huggins, 
P Z 's 

253 Fred M. Given, Robert L. Hazen, P.Z.'s. 

254 P. Moline, P.Z. 

255 W. Ross Lounsbury, H.; J. Fred Evans, J.; Wm. G. Kelly, Mervin 
Hicks, Clinton W. Scott, P.Z.'s. 

258 Fred C. Conley, Charles A. Vanzant, John J. Mehaffey, P.Z.'s. 

259 David Harcus, Proxy. 

260 W. C. Arch, J.; S. Stroud, H.; V. W. Newman, J. 

261 Sidney Perry, Z.; E. L. Jackson, P.Z. 

262 Douglas Reading, Z.; L. Brider, J.: Fred Scott, R. J. Cocks, P.Z.'s. 

263 H. C. May, Z.; R. W. Brown, J.; H. P. Hopkinson, W. J. Grierson, 

The following Chapters were not represented: Georgian No. 56, 
Granite No. 61, Golden No. 90, Brant No. 115, Amabel No. 131, Atwood 
No. 149, Northern Lights No. 213', Durham No. 221, Prince of Wales 
No. 226, Dochert No. 248, Espanola No. 257. 
147 Chapters represented 
11 Chapters not represented 


There were 719 registered delegates having a total vote of 901. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

CLARE HOWES, Vice-Chairman 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. J. W. Woodland, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Credentials be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed the Grand Scribe E. to 
cill the roll of representatives of sister jurisdictions when they assem- 
bled before the Altar. The following Grand Representatives answered 
their names: 

Alberta — Charles W. Emmett 
Arkansas — J. Howard Coleman 
Connecticut — Dr. Noble Armstrong 
Delaware — W. J. Grierson 
District of Columbia — Bruce H. Smith 
Finland — Bryan Alfcrd 
Florida — Melville S. Gooderham 
France — George Phillips 
Illinois — James W. Woodland 
Iowa — Carroll E. Griffin 
Ireland— Robert W. E. McFadden 
Kentucky— Rev. A. S. H. Cree 
Louisiana — Joseph Carson 
Massachusetts — Dr. Fraser Hay 
Maine — Lome E. Vaughan 
Michigan — Fred W. Dean 
Minnesota — F. Carl Ackert 
Mississippi — £L T. C. Humphries 
Montana — David Harcus 
Nebraska — A. V. Roy 
Netherlands — Charles A. Batt 
New Brunswick — Abe Cavanagh 
New Hampshire — Norman M. Sprague 
New Jersey — G. Harold Shannon 
New Mexico — James A. Kennedy 
New South Wales— Wellington Smith 
New York— John M. Burden 
New Zealand — Dr. J. Austin Evans 
North Carolina — Benjamin S. Scott 
Nova Scotia — Stanley Portch 
Oklahoma — Robert J. Hamilton 
Oregon — John James Robins 
Pennsylvania — John L. House 
Philippines — William E. Gardner 
Quebec — Maurice A. Searle 
Saskatchewan — James E. Girven 
South Dakota— J. C. Day 
Switzerland — L. B. Morrison 
Texas — Allan C. Mason 
Utah— Lloyd B. Gillespie 
Vermont — Norman Farrington 
Virginia — John J. Carpenter 
West Australia— E. C. Wood 

Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girven extended a warm welcome to the 
representatives and asked them to make contact with their respective 
Crand Chapters and thus strengthen the bond of our fraternal union 
with our sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were given. 



To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 

My Companions: 

We are assembled here for our One Hundred and Eighth 
Convocation of Grand Chapter and I extend to each of you a 
hearty and fraternal welcome. We give grateful thanks to the 
Great Jehovah for guidance during the past year and pray that 
our deliberations here may receive His blessing and that they 
may prove most interesting and inspiring. 

Grand Chapter is greatly indebted to the Principals' Associa- 
tion of Toronto District No. 8 and 8A for their gracious invitation 
to again meet in this great metropolitan city. We are most 
grateful to the members of the Association and acknowledge the 
vast amount of work and effort expended for our comfort to make 
this convocation a success. We ask them to accept our sincere 
appreciation and thanks. 

To have the privilege of extending a welcome to M. Wor. 
Bro. and Comp. the Honorable James N. Allan, is indeed an 
honour. Our knowledge of your heavy duties in looking after 
our interests in the Provincial Legislature, as well as being Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, 
gives us a deep appreciation of your presence with us, and we 
pledge our loyalty and devotion to you as Grand Master, and 
to Grand Lodge. 

We are delighted that you are accompanied by our highly 
esteemed Grand Secretary, M. Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. Ewart.G. 
Dixon, M.C., Q.C., whose counsel and advice is ever ready and 
greatly appreciated by all of us in Grand Chapter. 

This Grand Chapter is especially honoured with the presence 
of so many distinguished Royal Arch Masons representing our 
sister jurisdictions in Canada and the United States of America. 
We extend to all of them a most hearty welcome. We hope 
their visit with us will fill their every expectation and that through 
our intercourse, together, renewing friendships and making new 
ones, we may recognise our strengths and our opportunities to 
make capitular masonry a greater force for good in this disturbed 
and changing world. 

We also extend on behalf of the companions of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 
Ontario, a warm welcome to our distinguished guests represent- 
ing other masonic bodies: The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Dominion of 
Canada; Sovereign Great Priory of Canada Knights Templar; 


Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Cryptic Rite of 
Ontario; and The Grand Council of the Order of High Priesthood 
of Ontario. May we all be strengthened by our fellowship to- 
gether so that we can go forward under the fundamental prin- 
ciples of our Craft, The Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood 
of God. 

My companions, as we meet here today from all parts of 
our Grand Jurisdiction to review the progress of the past year 
and lay plans for the year ahead, we pray for divine guidance 
that in our deliberations we may make decisions that will further 
God's kingdom here on earth. 


Let us for a few moments meditate and recall to mind our 
companions who during the past year have been called to their 
heavenly home to be in the loving care of the Great Jehovah. 
May their memory ever inspire us to continue the building of 
that spiritual temple so that we may serve in a way which is most 
pleasing to God and beneficial to mankind. 

Later in this Convocation the Committee on Fraternal Dead 
under the chairmanship of R. Ex. Comp. Les. C. Ewener, will 
tender their report. In the meantime, I want to refer to two 
companions who were in active offices of this Grand Chapter. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lawrence Roberlson 

The very sudden passing of Rt. Ex. Comp. Irvine Lawrence 
Robertson, the Grand Suparintendent of New Ontario District No. 
15, on December 4, 1965, was a great shock to not only the com- 
panions of the district, but to the whole community and the 
members of Grand Chapter. Rt. Ex. Comp. Robertson had been 
carrying out his duties as Grand Superintendent with dedication 
and enthusiasm. He will be sadly missed by his church, as a 
law enforcement officer, a dedicated mason, a friend in the com- 
munity, and as a member of our Grand Executive. 

A previous Masonic engagement prevented me from attend- 
ing his funeral and I express my appreciation to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Harold Shannon for representing Grand Chapter and conveying 
our sympathy to Mrs. Robertson and the family. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Albert Jarvis 

The Companions of Hamilton District No. 5 and the mem- 
bers of Grand Chapter mourn the sudden passing of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Albert Jarvis. Albert's heart was brimming over with 
Masonry as he lived to serve his Masonic brethren and com- 
panions day by day. We will greatly miss his loyalty and devo- 
tion. He was a valued member of our Grand Chapter's Bene- 
volent Committee. 

May I express my appreciation to M. Ex. Comp. Fred Dean 


for representing Grand Chapter and conveying our sympathy to 
the family. 

To the immediate families, relatives and friends of all com- 
panions who have passed to their reward since last we met, I 
tender the deepest sympathy of this Grand Chapter. 
One by one we miss the voices 

that we loved so well to hear. 
One by one their kindly faces 
in the darkness disappear. 

No one knows the door that opens 

through which they pass beyond recall. 

Soft as loosened leaves of roses 

one by one our loved ones fall. 

As one by one the autumn leaves fade in the forest deep, 

So one by one to each of us must come the touch of sleep. 

As one by one the roses burst into the morning light, 

So one by one our souls shall wake again beyond the night. 


It has been a great privilege and honour for me as your 
Grand First Principal to represent the Grand Chapter of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario at many functions in our own Grand 
jurisdiction, as well as our sister jurisdictions in Canada and 
the United States of America. 

While it has been impossible for me to personally accept all 
invitations, I have been honoured to have the kind cooperation of 
a number of Past Grand First Principals as well as Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, Grand Second Principal, represent our Grand 
Chapter on a number of occasions. I offer our acknowledgment 
and grateful appreciation to: 

— M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle, for attending the Fiftieth 
Anniversary of Victoria Chapter No. 205, Thornhill, and 
being the guest speaker. 
— M. Ex. Comp. John House for attending the Sixty-fifth An- 
nual Assembly of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario, 
and conveying Grand Chapter's fraternal greetings to M. 
Illustrious Comp. Bruce H. Smith. 
— Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch for attending the Grand 
Chapter of New Brunswick; Covenant Chapter No. 113, 
Cornwall, on the occasion of their 18th International Night; 
The Grand Chapter of the State of Illinois; and conveying 
the fraternal greetings of our Grand Chapter on those 
— M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Fraser Hay for attending the Grand 


Chapter of the State of Michigan and conveying our fra- 
ternal greetings. 

— M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett for attending the Grand 
Chapter of Pennsylvania and conveying fraternal greet- 

It has been a most rewarding experience for me to attend 
district and chapter meetings and witness at first hand the desire 
of our chapter officers to give leadership which will improve 
conditions in our constituent chapters. 

My visits to our sister jurisdictions were most enjoyable and 
educational, and I was greatly impressed with the high esteem 
in which the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 
is held. The courtesy and hospitality extended was evidence of 
the great fraternal friendship cemented by visitations in previous 

I propose to record here only the highlights of the past 

— May 6th — Fiftieth Anniversary Victoria Chapter No. 205 — 
Guest Speaker: M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle. 

— May 8th — A dinner meeting of the Principals' and Past 
Principals' Association of Ottawa District was partially 
arranged by the late M. Ex. Comp. Clarey Pitts. The panel 
discussion before approximately 130 companions was most 

— May 9th — Attended the Dalhousie Lodge Memorial Service 
in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church for the late Clarence 
McLeod Pitts, as the representative of Grand Chapter, and 
read a portion of the scripture lesson. 

— May 13th — The Grand Chapter dedication ceremonies of 
the chapter room for St. Clair Chapter No. 231 was a most 
inspiring night with a wonderful attendance of Grand 
Chapter officers. 

— May 15th — Attended the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia, 
Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and was pre- 
sented with the Joseph Conway Brown medal awarded for 
meritorious service to Royal Arch Masonry, and for being 
guest speaker. 

—May 28th & 29th— Royal and Select Masters of Ontario— 
M. Ex. Comp. I. L. House. 

— lune 12th — Attended the Grand Chapter of British Colum- 
bia and conveyed fraternal greetings as well as partici- 
pated in the program at their banquet hour. Had the 
privilege of fraternising with Rt. Ex. Comp. E. C. William, 
Grand Supt. of the Grand Chapter of British Columbia 
and a past member of Corinthian Chapter, Peterborough. 

— June 19th — Grand Chapter of New Brunswick attended by 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch where he was honoured as 


an honorary member of that Grand Chapter. 
-July 20th <S 21st — Guest of the Grand Lodge of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 

-Aug. 13th — Guest of Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada. 
-Aug. 16th & 17th — Guest of Sovereign Great Priory of Can- 
ada of the United Orders of the Temple and Malta. 
-Sept. 10 — Ontario District No. 10 Church Service, Col- 
bourne, which was well attended. 

-Sept. 17 — The Grand Chapter dedication ceremonies of 
the Chapter Room for Erie Chapter No. 73, Ridgetown. Was 
an excellent meeting with a good attendance of Grand 
Chapter officers. 

-Sept. 25 — Covenant Chapter No. 113 International Night, 
attended by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch and was guest 

-Oct. 5, 6 — Attended the Grand Chapter of Ohio and con- 
veyed fraternal greetings. 

-Oct. 8— Past Principals' Night, Guelph Chapter No. 40. 
Guest speaker and presented 17 past principals' jewels. 
-Oct. 15, 16 — Grand Chapter of Michigan attended by M. 
Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D. 

-Oct. 24 — Prince Edward District No. 11, Church Service in 
the Masonic Temple, Belleville. Excellent attendance with 
the service being conducted by Rt. Ex. Comp. Cyril McMul- 
len and Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton, Grand Chap- 

-Oct. 25, 26, 27— Guest of the Grand Chapter of Virginia 
and conveyed fraternal greetings and had the privilege 
of presenting the new Canadian flag to this Grand Chapter. 
-Nov. 2 — Grand Chapter Night, Mount Sinai Chapter No. 
212, Toronto, when M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle 
organized the Grand Chapter team of officers with M. Ex. 
Comp. Fraser Hay acting as First Principal. Conferred the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree on His Worship Mayor Philip G. 
Givens of Toronto. This was one of the most outstanding 
Grand Chapter nights that I have ever attended. 
-Nov. 6 — The Grand Chapter dedication ceremonies of the 
Chapter room for Prince cf Wales Chapter No. 71, Essex. 
Was well attended by Grand Chapter officers. 
-Nov. 12 — The Grand Chapter dedication ceremonies of 
York Temple which was well attended by Grand Chapter 

-Nov. 30 — Reception Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, Oshawa, 
presentation of two 25 year Past Principal's jewels, guest 
speaker and was presented with an honorary membership 
in Pentalpha Chapter. 


— Dec. 2 — Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania 
in Philadelphia, attended by M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. 

—•Dec. 7— Attended the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Mas- 
sachusetts at Boston and conveyed fraternal greetings. 

— Jan. 25 — St. John's No. 48, Cobourg, installation ceremonies 
and guest speaker. 

—Feb. 2— Attended the Grand Chapter of the State of New 
York at Albany and conveyed fraternal greetings. 

— Feb. 8, 9 — Attended the Grand Chapter of Manitoba at 
Winnipeg and conveyed fraternal greetings. 

— March 4, 5 — Attended the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and 
conveyed fraternal greetings. 

— March 12 — Centennial Manitou Chapter No. 27, Colling- 
wood, an outstanding meeting with indications of a very 
high degree of interest in the district. Guest speaker. 

— March 16 — Ninetieth Anniversary Grimsby Chapter No. 69. 

Excellent attendance from the district. Guest speaker and 

honoured by a presentation of a cheque to Grand Chapter 

Scholarship and Bursary Fund. 

— March 18 — Grand Chapter guest at Rameses Temple 

Shrine Annual Banquet and Ball at Toronto. 
—March 18, 19— Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of 
Illinois attended by Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch who con- 
veyed fraternal greetings. 
— March 21 — Fifty-seventh Anniversary Ionic Chapter No. 
168, Campbellford, Ladies' Night. Guest speaker. An 
excellent attendance from the district. 
—March 23— Attended the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 

Masons of Quebec and conveyed fraternal greetings. 
I have appreciated the opportunity afforded me during the 
past year to represent Grand Chapter, both in our own Grand 
jurisdiction and at the Grand convocations of our sister jurisdic- 
tions. It is only through personal visits that we really get to 
understand the strength, weaknesses and problems of our con- 
stituent chapters. I found in the great majority of chapters there 
was a dedicated desire to give the kind of leadership that would 
develop new approaches to meet the challenges facing us in our 
rapidly changing world. 

May I express my deep appreciation to the constituent chap- 
ters for their kind hospitality and honours during my visits, and 
specifically Pentalpha Chapter No. 28, Oshawa, for conferring 
honourary membership. I shall long remember these visits and 
I hope in some small way I have contributed to the fraternal 
well-being of your chapters. 


I also wish to make specific mention of the sincere appre- 
ciation of Mrs. Girven and myself to M. Wor. Bro. and Comp. 
J. A. Irvine and Mrs. Irvine, for their gracious hospitality during 
our official visit to the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge. 
As well, I would like to express our thanks to M. Wor. Bro. and 
Ex. Comp. Ewart Dixon, M.C., Q.C., for his many acts of kindness 
and consideration for our welfare. 

I regret that conflicting dates made it impossible to accept 
all invitations to constituent chapters and Grand Chapters of 
sister jurisdictions extended during the year. May I therefore 
express the sincere appreciation of our Grand Chapter for this 
courtesy and my personal disappointment of being unable to 

Let us Count our garden by the flowers, 

Never by the leaves that fall. 

Count our days by the golden hours, 

Don't remember clouds at all. 

Count the nights by stars, not shadows, 

Count our life by smiles, not tears, 

And with joy on every birthday, 

Count our age by friends, not years. 


It is most inspiring and gratifying to see the interest of our 
brethren and companions in providing more adequate Masonic 
temples. Your Grand Chapter officers have been most happy to 
dedicate four new chapter rooms during the year, and I have 
been advised that there are five more to dedicate next year. 

The following dedication meetings have been well attended 
by past and present Grand Chapter officers as well as com- 
panions from other districts: 

May 13, 1965— St Clair Chapter No. 231, Toronto. 
Sept. 17, 1965— Erie Chapter No. 73, Ridgetown. 
Nov. 6, 1965— Prince of Wales Chapter No. 71, Essex. 
Nov. 12, 1965 — Dedication of York Masonic Temple — 
York Chapter No. 62 
Occident Chapter No. 77 
Mount Sinai Chapter No. 212 
Ulster Chapter No. 19. 
King Cyrus Chapter No. 232, and 
Oakwood Chapter No. 233 

I am pleased to extend congratulations from Grand Chapter 
to those companions who gave leadership in the planning and 
construction of these most attractive temples, and may your 
labours be attended by renewed interest and vigour for con- 
tinued growth in your chapters. 


Sixty Years a Royal Arch Mason 

Corinthian Chapter No. 36 — Comp. Wm. H. Lytle. 
Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason 

The Hiram Chapter No. 2 — Comp. John Campbell, Comp. Robert A. 

St. Andrew & St. John Chapter No. 4— V. Ex. Comp. Gordon G. Shep- 

St. George's Chapter No. 5 — Comp. Herbert John Brown, William Ches- 
ter Bending. 
St. John's Chapter No. 6 — V. Ex. Comp. George W. Britton, Comp. 

Reginald Britton, Comp. Percival H. March, R. Ex. Comp. John H. 

Carleton Chapter No. 16 — V. Ex. Comp. Hugh A. McCallum. 
St. Mark's Chapter No. 26 — Comp. William Ingham. 
Prince Edward Chapter No. 31 — Comp. Dr. Charles A. Publow. 
Signet Chapter No. 34 — Comps. John Oakes, Henry L. Tarbush, Jr., 

John E. Fleetham, Harry M. Jupp, James Culbert. 
Corinthian Chapter No. 36— Comp. Wilbert T. Regan. 
Victoria Chapter No. 37 — Comp. Morgan Carry. 
Guelph Chapter No. 40 — Comp. Rev. James S. Lawson, Comp. Maicolm 

Willson Chapter No. 64 — Comp. Robert C. Simpson. 
Beaver Chapter No. 74 — R. Ex. Comp. William A. Campbell, Comp. 

Lance L. Morgan. 
Toronto-Antiquity Chapter No. 91 — Comps. John G. Robinson, William 

L. Wettlaufer. 
St. John's Chapter No. 103— Comp. Charles D. Devlin. 
Bonnechere Chapter No. 114 — Comp. Sydney Pottinger. 
The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 — Ex. Comp. Herbert F. Cowan, Comps. 

Henry W. R. Oaten, Arthur G. Grant, Frederick C. W. Morris, 

George Oldfield. 
London Chapter No. 150 — R. Ex. Comp. Joseph W. Carson. 
Ancaster Chapter No. 155 — Ex. Comp. John Butter, Comps. Bernard 

Calder, Roy Moffat, James Johnston. 
The Beaches Chapter No. 163 — Comns. Robert T. Watt, Charles Legg, 

Frank C. Whitfield, Joseph L. Price. Herbert J. Jones. 
Lome Chapter No. 164 — Comp. Russell B. Love. 
Temiskeming Chapter No. 169 — Comps. Clarence H. Brocklebank, Hugh 

Boyle, Albert Terrill. 
Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184 — Ccmp. Frederick T. Bown. 

For Fifty Years Installed First Principal 

Aylmer Chapter No. 81 — Ex. Comp. Elgin O. Awde. 
For Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal 

The Hiram Chapter No. 2 — R. Ex. Comp. Peter A. MacDougall. 

St. John's Chapter No. 3— Ex. Comp. William 0. Ellwood. 

St. Andrew & St. John Chapter No. 4 — Ex. Comp. Wm. L. Lankin. 

St. John's Chapter No. 6 — R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Worral. 

Mount Moriah Chapter No. 19— Ex. Comp. Frank G. Allen. 

Mount Horeb Chapter No. 20— Ex. Ccmp. Robert M. K. Cuthbert. 

St. Mark's Chapter No. 26— Ex. Comp. Kenneth W. Crews. 

Pentalpha Chapter No. 28 — Ex. Comps. Daniel C. Ewart, John H. 

Huron Chapter No. 3'0 — Ex. Comp. Matthew J. Ainslie. 
Signet Chapter No. 34 — V. Ex. Comp. Lemuel J. Laver. 


Corinthian Chapter No. 36 — R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven. 
Victoria Chapter No. 37 — Ex. Comp. Charles E. Stephenson. 
Guelph Chapter No. 40— R. Ex. Comp. Rev. William G. Kitchen. 
Harris Chapter No. 41 — R. Ex. Comp. L. L. Mansfield, Ex. Comps. 

Douglas W. Gordon, Philip T. Fleischer. 
Niagara Chapter No. 55 — V. Ex. Comp. Ira B. Collard. 
Granite Chapter No. 61 — V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Barclay, Ex. Comps. 

Clifford Robertson, Milton B. Cochran, William J. Saunders. 
York Chapter No. 62— R. Ex. Comp. Frederick E. Grose. 
Willson Chapter No. 64 — Ex. Comp. James E. Middleton. 
Grimsby Chapter No. 69 — Ex. Comp. Vernon Tuck. 
Keystone Chapter No. 72 — Ex. Comps. Walter I. Eggleton, Earl W. 

Occident Chapter No. 77 — Ex. Comp. Arthur R. Cripps. 
Orient Chapter No. 79 — V. Ex. Comp. Leslie Bramwell. 
Aylmer Chapter No. 81 — Ex. Comp. James Robinson. 
MacNabb Chapter No. 88 — Ex. Comp. Everitt W. Slaght. 
St. John's Chapter No. 112 — Ex. Comp. Curtis J. Lazerte. 
Maple Chapter No. 116 — Ex. Comp. James G. Simpson. 
Kitchener Chapter No. 117 — Ex. Comp. Frederick H. Croft. 
King Cyrus Chapter No. 119— Ex. Comp. Warwick C. Plumb. 
Chantry Chapter No. 130 — R. Ex. Comp. Charles Fotheringham. 
St. John's Chapter No. 148 — Ex. Comps. George D. Maclntyre, Donald 

S. McPhee, John N. McRae, Donald J. Mcintosh. 
Alberton Chapter No. 152 — Ex. Comp. Sigurd J. Berklund. 
Ancaster Chapter No. 155 — Ex. Comp. George J. Miller. 
The Beaches Chapter No. 163— V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins. 
Ionic Chapter No. 168 — V. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Bleecher. 
Hugh Murray Chapter No. 184 — Ex. Comp. Joseph Train. 
Peel Chapter No. 195— Ex. Comp. Joseph W. Mitchell. 
Victoria Chapter No. 205 — Ex. Comps. Albert R. Hill, Gordon H. Baker. 
Northern Lights Chapter No. 213 — Ex. Comp. George F. Mitchell. 
St. Albans Chapter No. 217 — Ex. Comp. George V. Hosang. 
Lebanon Chapter No. 220— Ex. Comp. James H. Pinchin. 
Durham Chapter No. 221 — V. Ex. Comp. Harold McKechnie. 
Ottawa Chapter No. 222 — Ex. Comp. John M. Montgomery. 
Abitibi Chapter No. 22?— R. Ex. Comp. John C. Kincade. 
Aurora Chapter No. 235— R. Ex. Comp. R. H. B. Cook. 
Blenheim Chapter No. 239— Ex. Comp. Alexander L. Story. 
University Chapter No. 241— Ex. Comp. H. B. Sifton. 
St. Paul's Chapter No., 242— V. Ex. Comp. Frederick G. Fuller. 
Preston Chapter No. 245 — Ex. Comp. John E. Bradley. 
Thomas Peter's Chapter No. 250— R. Ex. Comp. Hugh B. Hood. 
Regal Chapter No. 253— Ex. Comps. Isaac P. Asselstine, Herbert J. H. 


DistJnauished Service Awards 

Shuniah No. 82— Comp. Alfred A. Bott. 

Thomas Peter's No. 250 — Comp. Thomas Barker. 


One Hundred and Sixty-eight Dispensations were issued as 

Attend Divine Service 19 

Change Day or Hour of Opening 71 

Permit Social Functions 20 

Waiver of Jurisdiction 2 



Dispense with Convocation in September 2 

Dispense with Convocation in June 8 

Dispense with Convocation in November 1 

Dispense with Convocation in December 2 

To confer three Degrees in one day 4 

Advance of Officers other than as required by Constitution 18 

Permit Special Emergent Convocations 11 

To hold Installation contrary to By-Laws 4 

To permit Election of Officers contrary to By-Laws 2 

To Permit Physically incapacitated to be Initiated 2 

To receive an application under Section #224 of Constitution 2 

New By-Laws Approved: 

Chapter No. 

Algonquin 102 

Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 
Chapter No. 

St. John's 6 

Keystone 35 

Corinthian 36 

Victoria 37 

Niagara 55 

York 62 

Erie 73 

Ark 80 

Kitchener 117 

Chantry 130 

Lome 164 

Chapter No. 

Temiskaming 169 

Lebanon 220 

Keystone 224 

Port Credit 230 

Oakwood 233 

Smithville 240 

University 241 

Preston 245 

Thomas Peter's 250 

Seguin 261 


I was pleased to approve and issue Commissions for the 
following distinguished Companions, on the request of their Grand 
First Principals or Grand High Priests, as our Grand Representa- 
tives of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario, 
near their respective Grand Chapters: 

Alberta— R. Ex. Comp. F. B. Stewart, 3918 - 1st St. N.W., 

District of Columbia — Ex. Comp. C. Eugene Barnes, 2544 
Naylor Road, S.E., Washington. 

India — Comp. Syed Safdar Imam, Ali Manzil, Ground Floor, 
S.P. Varma Rd., Patna— 1, Bihar. 

Indiana — Miles A. Scheffel, 8642 Crawfordsville Rd., Indiana- 
polis 46224. 

Manitoba — W. A. Maguire, Hartney. 

Netherlands — D. P. Harmsen, Hofbrouckerlaan, Oegstgeest. 

Pennsylvania — Comp. W. Irvine Wiest, 35E Sunbury St., 

Utah— Robert H. Drew, 1083 East 460 South, Provo. 

Victoria (Australia) — Comp. Keith Dodgshun, Strachan St., 


Wisconsin — Comp. Robert H. Tollman, 114 Maple St., Spooner 


It was also my pleasure to recommend and have approved 
the appointment of R. Ex. Comp. Bryan Alford, 42 Forthbridge 
Drive, Downsview, as the Grand Representative of Finland near 
the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 


The welfare work carried on by the Royal Arch Welfare 
Committee of Districts 8 and 8A has become widely known and 
the committee has received well-warranted commendation in the 
Grand First Principal's address for many years. This committee 
has worked tirelessly in bringing comfort and happiness to the 
many companions who have encountered adversity, and been 
hospitalized in Metropolitan Toronto. 

The special work of the Welfare Committee of Mount Sinai 
Chapter No. 212 brings not only personal rewards in the knowl- 
edge that they are practising the true spirit of Masonry, but also 
reflects great credit on the Royal Craft. 

Too great a tribute cannot be paid to the companions of the 
Royal Arch Welfare Committee of Toronto Districts 8 and 8A, 
who have dedicated themselves in a very practical manner to 
the service and interests of the less fortunate. We highly com- 
mend them for their wonderful work in helping to relieve the 
burdens of others. 

"I could not remain in the house by the road 

and watch all the toilers go on, 
Their faces beclouded with pain and sin, 

so burdened, their strength nearly gone. 
I'll go by their side; I'll speak good cheer, 

I'll help them to carry their load; 
And I'll smile at the man at the house by the way, 
as I walk with the crowd in the road. 


Our Grand Chapter Masonic Instruction Committee under 
the chairmanship of V. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull, has completed 
a busy year of work in the preparation of instruction material for 
the District Instruction Committee. I have observed from the 
summons that our Grand Superintendents have arranged many 
chapter instruction nights and have sought the assistance of our 
district Instruction Committees. It is evident that the availability 
of instruction information is serving a long-awaited need in our 


In addition to the preparation of Instruction material, your 
committee has worked diligently in up-dating the Manual of 
Instructions, 1965 edition, along with a Guide and Quick Refer- 
ences for Scribes E., dated January, 1966. This Guide and 
Quick Reference should greatly assist Scribes E. in carrying out 
their responsibility to Grand Chapter and their duties to their 
own chapters. 

I extend to Grand Chapter Masonic Instruction Committee, 
our District Instruction Committees and our Grand Superintend- 
ents, the thanks and appreciation of Grand Chapter for their 
dedicated efforts in carrying on this work. I recognize there are 
still some districts where the efforts have been less than satis- 
factory and we will look forward to stimulating them to greater 
effort in the coming year. 


The modernization of our office files and equipment has con- 
tinued this year, as satisfactory. Kardex files became available, 
and we now have sufficient to meet our present needs. The task 
of cross checking the records of the constituent chapters with 
Grand Chapter records of over 21,000 companions has been a 
mammoth job. While this has taken several years to complete 
I am happy to report that our records are now up to date. Our 
Grand Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton, is to be sincerely 
congratulated for carrying out this meticulous work without the 
expense of additional office help. We still have much work to do 
in transferring the information from our ledgers to Kardex cards. 
However, this, will be completed in the coming year. 

This Grand Chapter is indebted to Rt. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. 
Hearn and his committee for so diligently studying our office 
needs, reporting to Grand Chapter and implementing the report. 
I express on behalf of Grand Chapter our grateful thanks. 


lust a year ago Grand Chapter approved the Special Com- 
mittee's report on the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, 
wherein it was recommended that the Grand Z. appoint a Scholar- 
ship and Bursary Fund Committee to grant Scholarships and 
administer the fund in accordance with the recommendations 
of the Special Committee. 

I am proud to report to this Grand Chapter that the original 
committee under the chairmanship of M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. 
Searle worked zealously during the summer months in prepara- 
tion for awarding the first scholarships from our Scholarship and 
Bursary Fund. 

The correctness of the Committee's observation that there 
was great financial need in the field of higher education was 


confirmed when 14 applications were received to assist sons and 
daughters of our Royal Arch companions. The Committee as 
you will learn later when our chairman makes a more complete 
report, decided that our financial position would only permit us 
to award three scholarships for 1965. 

My letter of last September to the First Principal of each 
constituent chapter asked that we accept the challenge to raise 
another $12,000 so that in 1966 we would be able to support at 
least six worthy students. 

I am most anxious that the chapters establish Scholarship 
and Bursary Committees composed of members other than offi- 
cers. The committees to establish projects to raise funds rather 
than ask for donations. In this way we will be able to create 
more interest and challenge more companions to work for the 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle is submitting his report in 
greater detail later, and will indicate that although we have 
fallen short of our objective this year we have made an excellent 
start. It is my fervent hope that by this time next year all chap- 
ters will have created a real interest in the fund and, by virtue 
of this interest, become a more vibrant active force in our Masonic 

To M. Ex-Comp. Searle and his committee I tender the grate- 
ful thanks of Grand Chapter for the vision in recommending one 
of the finest projects that this Grand Chapter has ever attempted, 
and for their continued long hours of work in administering the 
fund we express our sincere appreciation. 


If any organization is going to grow and prosper it must 
have a healthy interested membership with a pride in its work 
and accomplishments. While our Committee on the Conditions 
of Capitular Masonry, under the chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Wellington Smith, will make a very complete report on member- 
ship, I feel I must comment briefly on one or two points. 

I am not sure the companions of this Grand Chapter all 
recognize that we have had a loss of membership each year for 
the past seven years, and that our total membership has been 
reduced by 1,364 members. 

Companions, this is a tremendous loss, and it is occurring at 
a time when our membership should be increasing rather than 
decreasing. This has been of great concern to your Grand 
Council and Advisory Committee over these years, and each 
Grand First Principal has drawn the seriousness of the situation 
to the attention of the Grand Chapter. 

When I addressed this Grand Convocation last year I felt 
very encouraged that the efforts of our Masonic Instruction Com- 


mittee and the stimulation engendered by our Scholarship and 
Bursary Fund would do much to create greater interest and 
change the trend from a loss to a gain. While our loss this year 
of 248 has been lower than in some previous years, our efforts 
have not been sufficient to attract new members and correct the 
condition of suspensions. 

I must also draw to your attention that this loss in member- 
ship is having its affect on our financial position. The inflation 
that has been taking place is increasing our operational costs, 
and our membership losses are reducing our income to the point 
where the Chairman of Finance will have to report a deficit this 
year and forecast a further deficit for next year. 

As I visited across our Grand jurisdiction last year I sensed 
a feeling of greater interest and enthusiasm. I must therefore, 
ask the principals of the chapters who are present here today to 
give real support to our Scholarship and Bursary Fund, organize 
and plan to use it as a means of developing greater interest 
among those who are not regular attenders. Our District Masonic 
Instruction Committees have been operating for some five years 
and I know they have been of great assistance in many areas. 
Here again, I ask the first principals to take advantage of the 
help that these committees can give. 


On June 23, 1965 I received a complaint addressed to me as 
Grand First Principal and signed by three Past Principals of St. 
Andrew and St. John Chapter No. 4, G.R.C. in the City of Toronto, 
expressing concern about the leadership, work and lack of pro- 
gress of that Chapter and asking that an investigation be made 
into the affairs of the Chapter. 

In response to this request, I appointed a board of inquiry 
comprised of Most Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, as Chairman, and 
Rt. Ex. Comps. Portch and Gent to investigate these complaints 
and report to me. Their report exonerated the then First Principal 
of the Chapter from the offences charged. 

I have now under consideration a summary of the evidence 
submitted to me and should I deem action to be necessary I will 
direct that the proper Masonic charges be laid and- the whole 
matter referred to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals for 
their consideration and recommendation. 


It is with much pleasure that I record my appreciation to Rt. 
Ex. Comp Stanley Portch, Grand Second Principal, and Rt. Ex. 
Comp. G. Harold Shannon, Grand Third Principal, for their dedi- 
cated support and encouragement during the past year. They 
have been in attendance at all our dedication meetings as well 


as all special meetings of the Grand Council and Advisory Com- 

It may not be common knowledge that our Grand Scribe 
E., Rt. Ex. Comp. R. J. Hamilton, suffered a severe illness at the 
close of Grand Chapter last year, and had a fairly extensive 
period of convalescence. We were all deeply concerned for his 
health and well-being and are most happy that he has recovered 
and is able to carry out the full duties of the Grand Scribe E.'s 
office with his usual dedication and competence. We express 
our appreciation to Rt. Ex. Comp. Hamilton and Mrs. Slessor for 
their continued loyalty in the Grand Chapter office. 

A special expression of thanks to M. Ex. Comp. Searle for 
his assistance at Grand Chapter office during Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Hamilton's illness. We are most fortunate to have a companion 
with such deep affection for Royal Arch Masonry that he is will- 
ing to sacrifice so much of his time for the benefit of the Order. 
He is also to be complimented on his contribution in the pre- 
paration of the fraternal correspondence. 


It has been a most rewarding experience for me to be your 
Grand First Principal this year, and it has been a great pleasure 
to be more intimately associated with more and more com- 
panions in our Grand jurisdiction as well as sister Grand juris- 

I have been greatly impressed by the thoughtful planning 
of some of our companions to meet the challenges in our rapidly 
changing society, i Yet, it is with regret that I have been unable 
to approve some bf these programs and still meet the require- 
ments of our constitution. I find also that there are conflictions 
in our constitution which need to be rectified. To correct this 
condition I am seeking the Executive Committee's approval to 
recommend to this Grand Chapter that your Grand First Principal 
be given the authority to appoint a special committee to review 
the constitution to bring it up to date and provide for uniformity. 

I have been asked on numerous occasions this year why 
Grand Chapter hasn't been able to get greater press coverage 
for this Grand Convocation and other special events. 

I have been unable to provide a satisfactory answer except 
to indicate that probably we have never charged anyone with 
this responsibility. I find that Grand Lodge in its wisdom has 
established a Public Relations Committee to see that a good 
image of our Craft is brought to the attention of non-masons. So, 
again, I am seeking the approval of our Executive Committee to 
recommend to this Grand Chapter that your Grand First Principal 
be given the authority to appoint a special committee on Public 


We live too much in the past and the present is 

only a bridge to the future. 
Those who plan for the future by anticipation of 

the good life 
Strike from their mind those ugly and depressing 

So let us plan for a life that our memories of the 

past are the good anticipations we planned 

for the future. 

We must demonstrate the worth of our cause to all com- 
panions and particularly our new companions. Mere conferring 
of degrees does not in itself make Royal Arch Masons. Our 
own individual practice of our principles help to: 

— point out the path for new companions to follow, 

— help to narrow future exits from our chapters, 

— demonstrate that companionship is worth more than mere 
temporal or social values, and 

— aid in convincing our members, our community and even 
our nation of the true significance and value of Royal 
Arch Masonry. 

Companions, just a year ago you entrusted to me the respon- 
sibilities of carrying out the duties of the highest office in Capi- 
tular Masonry. It was with high resolve that I set upon my duties 
to improve the image of Capitular in our Masonic Community. 
While I have by no means met my own objective, I feel confident 
that we have made progress and that we will be able to look for- 
ward to better things in the year ahead. I would like to close 
with these words of Edgar Guest's: 

How fine it is to close the book 
Of records for the day, and look 
Once more along the travelled mile, 
And find that all has been worthwhile. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

(fames fe. v^irven, 

Grand Z. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the address of the M. Ex. the Grand Z. be referred 
to the Committee on the Grand Z's Address to report thereon during 
the present Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



Rt. Ex. Comp. Milton S. Thompson 

As my term of office draws to a close, it is my pleasure to submit 
a report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in St. Clair District 
No. 1. 

The following is the list of my official visits: 

Sept. 9th— Prince of Wales No. 71, Essex 

Sept. 13th— Ark No. 80, Windsor 

Oct. 4th — Sombra No. 153, Wallaceburg 

Oct. 6th— Blenheim No. 239, Blenheim 

Oct. 13th— Thomas Peters No. 250, Windsor 

Oct. 18th— Erie No. 73, Ridgetown 

Nov. 4th — Wellington No. 47, Chatham 

Nov. 19th — Lome No. 164, West Lome 

Nov. 23rd— MacNabb No. 88, Dresden 

Nov. 24th — King Cyrus No. 119, Leamington 

In addition to my visits of inspection I was able to visit all Chap- 
ters one or more times. I had the distinct pleasure with the co-operation 
of the Chapters of attending all ten installations taking part in each 
one, at all times being received with the fullest respect due the repre- 
sentative of the Grand First Principal. 

Two district Divine Services were held during the year, the first 
in the Anglican Church at Essex on June 20th, the second in the Angli- 
can Church, Erieau on October 3rd, both Services being well represented 
by the various Chapters of the district as well as from other districts. 
My thanks to Prince of Wales and Blenheim Chapters for sponsoring 
these events. 

On behalf of the Grand First Principal and that of Grand Chapter 
I had the pleasure to present twenty-five year Past Principal Jewels to 
Rt. Ex. Comp. H. M. Roach of Wellington Chapter and Ex. Comp. A. L. 
Story of Blenheim Chapter, these pleasant events I will long remember. 

I would like to suggest that more inter-district visitations be made 
as in my opinion it would strengthen the companionship which we strive 
to maintain. 

There were two; Chapters dedicated during the year, Erie Chapter 
No. 73 at Ridgetown and Prince of Wales Chapter No. 71 at Essex. I 
was privileged to act as Chairman at the former. These ceremonies 
were conducted by Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin, Grand Z., assisted 
by a number of Grand Chapter officers. Both these occasions being 
well represented by all Chapters affording all Royal Arch Masons an 
opportunity to witness a ceremony conducted in the most impressive 

On June 5th the past Grand Chapter officers of St. Clair district 
No. 1 held a banquet in the masonic banquet hall in Chatham at which 
I was present. Following this the H.R.A. degree was conferred in the 
Chapter room, this being done in a manner affording all Chapter offi- 
cers a chance to witness the highest quality of ritualistic work. Wel- 
lington Chapter is to be commended for sponsoring this special event. 

The Masonic Instruction Committee under the leadership of Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Willet have been very active visiting all Chapters and giving 
assistance where requested. I have always suggested that the First 
Principals use this valuable source of information more readily. 

My observation of Royal Arch Masonry in the district on my 
travels, while we have several Chapters working well we have others 
that are not so fortunate, the lack of candidates and decline of mem- 
bership in most cases are factors of grave concern that all Chapters 
must try to overcome. Again we find that our numbers are being de- 


creased by those who were called to the Grand Lodge above as well as 
demits and suspensions. The latter can be by diligent work of an active 
membership committee headed by a zealous and hard working com- 
panion decreased considerably. I strongly recommend such a committee 
be set up in all Chapters for this purpose. 

On all my visits there was either a degree conferred or exemplified, 
the quality of work done in most cases was most gratifying, the Chap- 
ters are fortunate to have officers that can do the work giving the 
candidates the full benefit of the lessons of the degree. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Russell Stewart 
It is well to take stock at the end of a term, to assess progress, to 
re-affirm goals. It is my privilege as Grand Superintendent to report 
for London District No. 2. 

Annual district Chapter activities included the International Day 
at Hiawatha, the Strawberry Festival at St. Thomas, Ruling Principal's 
Night at Wawanosh, and several Chapters' Ladies' banquets. 

The District Chapter of Instruction was held at Petrolia on June 4, 
1965, with an attendance of 31 but it was disappointing that only 8 
Chapters out of 14 were represented. The members of the District 
Education Committee were present and assisted in the instructions and 
fine discussions. 

District Divine Service was held Sept. 19, 1965, at St. Paul's United 
Church, Petrolia, with attendance of 56. It was again disappointing 
that a number of Chapters were not represented at this service. 

Joint Installations are among the highlights of London District. I 
was able to attend and take part in three (1) at Inwood for Vimy and 
Bruce Chapters, (2) at Aylmer for Palestine and Aylmer, (3) at Niles- 
town for St. Paul's, Nilestown, and the four London Chapters. All were 
well-attended and the ceremonies well conducted. Good fellowship was 
evident at the social hours following each. 

High among my personal highlights has been the honour of pre- 
senting jewels to a number of eligible Companions who have served 
their Chapters and Royal Arch Masonry faithfully and well over many 
years. I know their experience, advice, and fellowship has been and 
still is appreciated by their Companions. Presentations have been made 
or will be completed during my term as follows: 
50 Year Past Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. E. 0. Awde, Aylmer, 

Chapter No. 81 
50 Year R.A.M. Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. W. A. Campbell, Beaver Chap- 
ter No. 74 
25 Year Past Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. W. 0. Ellwood, St. Johns 

Chapter No. 3 
25 Year Past Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. R. L. Manning, Beaver 

Chapter No. 74 
25 Year Past Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. E. C. Smith, The St. An- 
drew's Chapter No. 238. 

In analyzing the Statistical Table for London District a number of 
comparisons may be pointed out: 

1. Total membership decreased in 1965 by 27 to a total of 2,001. Of 
this 6 Chapters showed increase, 7 decrease, and 1 remained un- 

2. Average attendance of members at meetings increased at 5 Chap- 
ters, decreased at 7, and remained unchanged at 2. 

3. One favourable aspect of 1965 as compared to 1964 is decrease in 
number of withdrawals by 17, suspensions by 17, and deaths by 9. 
While average attendance shows little improvement my Official 

Visits impressed me with the high quality and dedication of present 


officers in almost every instance. The ritualistic work of the degrees 
and conduct of the business meetings was good and every Chapter is 
fortunate in the abilities of their incumbent Scribe E. Committee work 
also appeared satisfactory and certainly at my visits there was a very 
friendly atmosphere and enjoyable social period. Only four Chapters 
recorded expenditures for benevolence. 

Commendation should be given a number of Chapters on the im- 
proved monthly notices. This is one thing that I consider will add to 
increased interest and attendance. The District Education Committee 
was not used by Chapters as much as I would have liked although its 
use was stressed and recommended at all Official Visits. 

In general the outlook for London District Chapters appears good. 
Present officers are interested and capable and every Chapter is blest 
with a number of experienced and active Past Principals who add so 
much to any Chapter. 

I would re-iterate a few things I stressed at every Official Visit. 
Chapters as well as individual Companions have both rights and re- 
sponsibilities. Companions have the right to expect good ritualistic 
work, friendliness and opportunities to serve on committees and in of- 
fices while Chapters have the right to expect loyalty from any harmony 
among the Companions as well as attendance at meetings. In my 
opinion this can be attained by continuous Masonic education within 
each Chapter, inter-Chapter visitations, and active social committees. 
I particularly stressed the advantage of each Chapter having a strong 
standing committee considering and reporting on the condition of the 
Chapter. Considering the low average attendance at our meetings as 
compared to membership such a committee could be of tremendous value. 

The basic principles of conduct as exemplified in the degrees have 
not changed for any individual. Our failures may be attributed in great 
part to inability to communicate them from active Companion to inactive 
Companion and to qualified prospects. 

R. Ex. Comp. B. G. Sheldon 

I have the honour and pleasure of presenting my report on Royal 
Arch Masonry in Wilson District No. 3. 

On behalf of the Grand First Principal, it was an extreme pleasure 
for me to present five 25 year Past Principals' Jewels, although I am 
sorry to say my first duty was to present one posthumously, my most 
pleasant duty was presenting Rt. Ex. Comp Lyle Mansfield of Harris 
Chapter No. 41 with his 25 year Past Z. Jewel, who has served as 
Scribe E. of Harris Chapter for 22 years. 

To all the Scribe E.'s of Wilson District, for their untiring con- 
tribution to Royal Arch Masonry, and their co-operation to myself, I 
wish to extend my most sincere gratitude. 

Wilson District and especially Harris Chapter lost a most devoted 
and respected Royal Arch Mason in the passing of Very Ex. Comp. 
Percy Pedolin. Wilson District was extremely hard hit this year, 24 
Companions being called to the Grand Chapter Above. 

On all of my official visits I was received with dignity and respect, 
and witnessed the conferring of all three degrees, the degrees were ex- 
emplified in a high and dignified manner, business matters were carried 
on in a most efficient manner. The most disheartening thing that is 
most predominant in all Chapters is the lack of young faces, and we 
certainly need the vigour and drive of youth. I was most pleased to 
have had the pleasure of being present in Aylmer Chapter No. 81 on 
the Official Visit of Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Russell Stewart of London District 
No. 2. 


It was again my pleasure to be present at each Chapter for their 
ceremony of installation, and to have the pleasure of forming an in- 
stalling team and officiate as installing officer at a joint installation 
of Tillsonburg Chapter No. 255, and Harris Chapter No. 41 in Tillson- 

Rt. Ex. Companion Arthur Jefkins 

I have attended all Chapters in the district twice and some more 
often. On each of my official visits I was cordially received and wel- 
comed at all times. My reception was proper, dignified and a credit 
to the Chapter concerned. On all my visits except one a degree was 
conferred. Officers performed their duties most impressively and in 
every instance the Past Principals are endeavouring to assist the Offi- 
cers in every way possible. 

I would like to thank the Scribes E. for the excellent manner in 
which the books were kept. 

It was my pleasure on behalf of the Grand Chapter and M. Ex. 
Comp. James E. Girven to present to Ex. Comp. Croft of Kitehener 
Chapter No. 117 and Ex. Comp. Bradley of Preston Chapter No. 245 a 
25 year Past Principals Jewel and to assist in presenting Past Princi- 
pal Jewels to several Past Principals of Durham Chapter No. 221 also 
at a later date to present a 50 year Jewel to two Companions of Guelph 
Chapter No. 40. 

On October 31st, Divine Service was held in St. Johns Anglican 
Church, Preston, with a fair attendance due to a stormy night. 

A number of Chapters of the District are holding inter-Chapter 
visits. I feel this will create more interest in Royal Arch Masonry in 
the District. 

During the past year three Chapters have shown an increase in 
membership and the others have a small decrease which with the in- 
crease in attendance speaks well for Royal Arch Masonry in the District. 

In closing I wish to say that the prospects for Royal Arch Masonry 
in this District are very favorable. 

R. Ex. Comp. James H. Rogers 

In submitting this report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry 
in the Hamilton District No. 5, for the year 1965-1966, I would first 
express my appreciation for the privilege of serving as Grand Superin- 
tendent, and thank Most Excellent Companion James Girven for his 
confirmation of my election as his representative. 

In summarizing the Statistical Report, it will be noted that there 
was a net loss of 13 members in the District. A total of 43 Petitions 
were accepted, but 15 demits, 5 suspensions, and 36 deaths, tended to 
overcome these, and hence it has been stressed to all the Chapters that 
a more concerted effort must be made to increase our membership. 
Attendance at Chapter Convocations is improving slightly* and visiting 
by other Chapters shows a small increase. 

In general, the quality of work has shown that the labors of the 
local Chapter officers, and the District Instruction Committee, have not 
been in vain. While there is still room for improvement, it must be 
said that the interest and enthusiasm of most of the officers provide a 
very optimistic outlook for the future. 

Fraternization with our brethren of the Craft lodges is increasing. 
Several of our Chapters held social functions and invited Craft members 
to participate. It is felt that this is a step in the right direction, and 
efforts are being made to further cement our relationships with the 


It has been suggested to the Chapters that more use be made of 
newly-exalted Companions, by carefully screening them and appointing 
them to various committees. If we cannot keep them interested, they 
will eventually drift away and become members in name only. Several 
of our newest members this year have already served as Masters and 
officers of their Craft lodges, and we cannot afford to disregard the 
capabilities of these Companions, if we are to continue to plan for future 
improvement. On the other hand, 8 of our Companions, from various 
Chapters, were installed as Masters of their Craft lodges, and this 
should provide the basis of a good relationship with these Craft lodges, 
which should be to our advantage, if the various Chapters encourage it. 

The District Instruction Committee, under the guidance of Very 
Excellent Companion Ed Marshall, has been of great assistance. In 
addition to several meetings with the Chapter representatives, a Lodge 
of Instruction in the Mark Master Degree was held, and the interest 
of the Companions was evident by the large attendance, and several 
requests for more meetings of this type has resulted in plans now being 
completed for another to be held in March at Caledonia. One of the 
areas in which it was noticed that some Chapters are weak, is in the 
preparation of the Banquet Room programme. Part of the evening was 
devoted to this subject and the results were most encouraging. 

It has been noted that some Chapters do not show on their books, 
the value of any regalia which they own, although they carry insurance 
coverage. It is suggested that some difficulty may be experienced col- 
lecting a payment from the Insurance Company in the event of loss of 
this regalia or other property, and the suggestion is now made that 
Grand Chapter should issue instructions to the Chapters on this matter. 

Every Chapter was visited during the year at least twice and the 
following are some of the more outstanding events in which I partici- 
pated on behalf of Most Excellent Companion Girven: 

Sunday, October 3rd — Annual District Divine Service at South Gate 
Presbyterian Church, Hamilton, with R.E. Comp. Stanley Portch, Most 
Wor. Bro. and E. Comp. R. W. Treleaven taking part, and Comp. the 
Rev. G. MacMillan, of White Oak Chapter, delivering the Sermon. 

Tuesday, October 19th — Official visit to Ancaster Chapter and 
presentation of 50 year jewels to: Companion James Johnston, Com- 
panion Roy Moffatt, Ex. Companion John Butter. Companion Bernard 
Calder, father of Ex. Comp. Shellard Calder, First Principal of Ancaster 
Chapter, to whom I delegated the honor of presenting the jewel to his 
father. A 25 year Past Principals' jewel was also presented to Ex. 
Companion George Miller on this occasion. 

Friday, November 19th — Ancaster Chapter joined with their Craft 
brethren of Seymour Lodge in a joint Ladies' Night. A most delightful 
and successful affair. 

Wednesday, February 9th, 1966 — McKay Chapter, Stoney Creek, 
honoured their three surviving Charter Members, R. Ex. Comp. L. Mc- 
Dougall, R. Ex. Comp. John Lee and V. Ex. Comp. Ira Lee. An evening 
of pleasant nostalgic memories. 

Friday, February 18th, 1966 — A team of Royal Arch Masons repre- 
senting Hamilton District No. 5 under my leadership initiated my son, 
David A. Rogers, into The Lodge of Strict Observance, A.F. & A.M. 
No. 27, G.R.C. It was indeed a proud moment, not only because of the 
personal connection, but also for the large attendance and the excellent 
manner in which the degree team carried out its duties. 

Friday, March 25th, 1966 — Past Grand Superintendents' night at 
Hiram Chapter in Hamilton when a Degree team of Past Superinten- 
dents conferred the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. Of twenty now 
living, sixteen were present. A most memorable evening. 


On June 29th, 1965 — At White Oak Chapter, R. Ex. Comp. Stanley 
Portch presented the Distinguished Service Award to Companion Harry 
Morden, who also holds the Mercer Wilson medal from our Grand Lodge 
and is believed to be the only recipient of both these awards in Ontario. 
There were twenty-one Chapters represented, and all the local Craft 
lodges from Oakville. 

During the year, R. Ex. Companion M. S. Sproat was called to the 
Grand Chapter Above. He had been a member since 1913, and until a 
few months ago, was very active in St. Clair Chapter in Milton, being 
elected First Principal in 1919 and Grand Superintendent in 1927. He 
will be greatly missed and Royal Arch Masonry has lost a staunch sup- 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Harvey Morrow 

I visited all the Chapters in the District at least once, and on all 
occasions was officially and properly received. 

There was a small increase in attendance in the District, due to two 
Special Convocations which were well attended. 

Two of the smaller Chapters in the district were not having any 
candidates to make the meetings interesting, but at the present both 
chapters have candidates and prospects for the future look much 

There were degrees conferred or exemplified at all of my official 
visits, with the exception of one chapter and all the work was well done, 
with the work ranging from good to excellent. 

There were some meetings which were too late in starting, so I 
stressed on those occasions to start the meeting at the time that was 
stated on the summons. 

The fellowship at all meetings was excellent. 

We had a District Divine Church Service on June 27th in the United 
Church at Southampton. The sermon was delivered by Past Grand 
Chaplain, Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. Clifford Manning and I had the honour 
of reading the Scripture Lesson. Owing to our geographical position 
in the district, at the extreme north end of it, the attendance was not 
too large. After the service we returned to the Masonic Temple along 
with our wives and friends and enjoyed an excellent lunch, served by 
companions of Chantry Chapter No. 130. 

At the time of writing we have planned to hold a Lodge of Instruc- 
tions, for Huron District No. 6 at Lebanon Chapter in Wingham, and I 
express my thanks to Rt. Ex. Comp. James Mair for offering their 
Temple on this occasion, as it is more central in Wingham than at 

There is room for some improvement in the district, but a good firm 
foundation has been established, and there are enough dedicated masons 
in the district to look forward to the future with confidence. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. G. A. De Quetteville 
May I first take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and 
appreciation to the Principals' Association of Niagara District No. 7 
and Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin for confirming the election. 
The dates of my official visits were as follows: 
King Hiram, No. 57, Port Colborne — Thursday, October 7. 
Mount Moriah, No. 19, St. Catharines — Friday, October 8 
Hugh Murray, No. 184, Fort Erie — Tuesday, October 12 
McCallum, No. 29, Dunnville — Monday, October 18 
Smithville, No. 240, Smithville — Monday, October 25 
Grimsby, No. 69, Grimsby — Monday, November 1 


Willson, No. 64, Welland — Wednesday, November 3 
Niagara, No. 55, Niagara-on-the-Lake — Friday, November 5 
Mount Nebo, No. 76, Niagara Falls — Friday, November 19 
Certainly one of the highlights of our year was the District Divine 
Service which was held in the Trinity United Church in Grimsby on 
Sunday, June 13, 1965. At that time I had the honour of having my son, 
who is a student of the ministry, as preacher and his wife as soloist. 
After the Service, lunch and a social hour were held for all the com- 
panions and their wives at my home. 

The degrees in most Chapters were exemplified in an efficient man- 
ner, and I would like to thank all the Scribe E. of the Chapters for the 
assistance they gave to the district secretary. 

I believe the Spirit of Royal Arch Masonry in Niagara District is 
very strong, and we can look forward to the future with confidence. 
There are, however, some of the smaller chapters who are experiencing 
difficulty in carrying on their work. This is because of a small mem- 
bership and poor attendance and what we believe to be more serious — 
a reluctance of younger members to come forward and assist with the 
work of their chapter. 

During my term of office I was privileged, on behalf of Grand 
Chapter and Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin, to present two fifty-year 
Jewels and three twenty-five-year past principals' Jewels. 

Grimsby chapter will celebrate their 90th anniversary. On March 
16, 1966, they will have as their guest Most Ex. Comp. James E. Girvin. 
I am looking forward to this occasion as another highlight of my year. 

R. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray 

I have the honour to present my report on the conditions of Royal 
Arch Masonry in Toronto District No. 8. 

Following my election and installation a meeting of the Principals 
of Toronto District No. 8 was called and the affairs of this district in 
particular and Royal Arch Masonry in general were discussed at length 
and a progressive program was outlined and an agenda for the coming 
year was formed. 

On all my official visitations I am pleased to say that I was received 
with dignity and respect as the representative of the Grand First Prin- 
cipal and I am happy to report that all Chapters conferred degrees in 
a most efficient and dignified manner and with great credit to the 
officers and members who took an active part in the work. 

In due time all visfts were made as were originally planned and 
it was noted that the work of the degrees in each of the fifteen Chapters 
visited was uniform and of a very high standard of proficiency, this 
speaks well of the instructions of the senior officers and Past Principals 
of each Chapter to those who performed the work and also for the advise 
and guidance of my predecessors in Toronto District No. 8. 

It was noted that on all occasions of my official visit that the Scribe 
E. of each Chapter had his records complete and made the work of my 
secretary very easy and helped to make my visit a pleasant one. 

The following official visits were made, in addition to many other 
visits throughout this area: 

May — 3 Chapters visited. 

June — 1 Chapter visited 

Sept. — 2 Chapters visited 

Oct. — 7 Chapters visited 

Nov — 2 Chapters visited 

Installation ceremonies in all Chapters visited were carried out in 
full form and without exception were done in a very dignified manner. 
It was a great joy to me to declare that, on each occasion, the founda- 


tions of these progressing officers was well and truly laid and that I 
considered that the Institution of Royal Arch Masonry was in good and 
capable hands for the ensuing year. 

Church Service 

On Sunday, October 31st, 1965, the combined Districts of Toronto, 
namely District No. 8 and District No. 8A held a Church Service in Holy 
Trinity Anglican Church at Thornhill, Ont. and I am pleased to report 
that there was a good turnout of Companions and their wives and 
friends, the lessons were read by Rt. Ex. Comp. Allan H. Gray and it 
was the consensus of opinion of those in attendance that the Service 
was enjoyed by all. 

Lodges Of Instruction 

A Lodge of Instruction in the M.M.M. degree was held at Aurora 
Chapter in October and was well attended by Principals of our District. 

A Lodge of Instruction in the M.E.M. degree was held at The St. 
Patrick Chapter and it was noted that the attendance was much better 
than usual so it was felt that the efforts of the District Committee were 
greatly appreciated by all who were in attendance. 

A Lodge of Instruction in the R.A.M. degree was held in St. Albans 
Chapter and attendance was greater than ever, and it is due to the 
untiring efforts put forth by the chairman, Rt. Ex. Comp. C. M. Platten, 
P.G.S. and his committee of Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, P.G.S., 
and V. Ex. Comp. L. Woolgar. 

Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee 
Toronto Districts 8 and 8A 
I was very pleased to attend the Annual Meeting of this Committee, 
held at the Y.M.C.A., Eglinton Ave. E., on February 20th, 1966. Forty 
Companions were present and it was soon evident that the tremendous 
amount of work done annually by this important committee is due in 
great measure to the enthusiasm and vigour extended by all, and plans 
are always presented at every meeting to further their work and expand 
their services which include the transportation of mothers and under- 
privileged children from the Toronto Missions, to its camp at Bronte, 
Ont., throughout the summer months, visiting ill Royal Arch Companions 
at hospitals throughout the Metropolitan area, and no Companion is 
ever neglected when brought to our attention, patients at Divadale Hos- 
pital are also entertained weekly by this active committee as are those 
at the Home for Aged, Laughlin Lodge. 

Grand Chapter Jewels 

It was my very happy privilege to present, on behalf of the Grand 
First Principal, ten twenty-five year Past Principals Jewels during the 
course of my term in office and also nine fifty year member Jewels. 
The great contribution that these Companions have made to Royal Arch 
Masonry has been to our benefit and we shall be ever grateful to them 
for the services they have rendered to Capitular Masonry over the 

To All Principals 

Open your Chapter on time. 

Close your Chapter on time. 

There is no such thing as a "Short Form" of anything in Masonry. 

A well written and informative monthly "summons" does more to 
bring the Companions out to Chapter than one that is void of essential 

Your monthly "summons" is the only means of meeting all the 
Companions at once. (Another means would be a funeral of an honoured 


and loved Companion.) Let us concentrate on our messages to our 
Companions through our summonses. 

A well organized and "worked" degree will keep the Companions 
coming regularly. 
Duties Of Each Council — Page 55 Of The Constitution — Z - H - J 

1st Principal to direct and fully organize Chapter on installation. 

1st Principal to request his H. and J. to be present at all meetings. 

1st Principal to discuss fully all matters of business that develop. 

1st Principal to appoint an active chairman to head each committee. 

1st Principal to instruct each chairman to choose his own committee 

1st Principal to insist that each chairman or appointee make a 
report of his committee activities at each executive meeting. 

1st Principal to ask for a report of each committee at each Convo- 

1st Principal to request that all officers be present at the executive 

2nd Principal to chair every executive meeting. 

2nd Principal should have a prepared agenda at every meeting. 

2nd Principal should ask 1st Principal to assist him with agenda. 

2nd Principal should keep the 3rd Principal fully informed about 

2nd Principal should call on the 1st Principal for instruction at all 

2nd Principal should work in close unity with the Scribe E. at all 

A well advised 2nd Principal will be a well skilled 1st Principal. 

3rd Principal should attend at all meetings. 

3rd Principal should discuss at all times with 1st Principal, his 

3rd Principal should assist the other Principals with all duties. 

3rd Principal should discuss the banquet hour with his 1st Principal 
re Stewards, food, seating arrangements required, etc., special evenings, 
inspection, Chapter visitations, "setting up" Chapter for degree work, 
with assistance from officers and members. 

A well advised 3rd Principal will become a well skilled 2nd Principal 
and in time a well skilled 1st Principal. 

"Remember that the council is a complete unit only when all are 


Visitation — Inter-Chapter visitations as a representative group. 
Accompanying your council and/or members on casual visitations. 
Recognizing visitors to your Chapter and immediately making them 
welcome at the door. Show guests to the register for signing the same. 
Advising the 1st Principal of Companions requesting a "Board of 
Trial". Inviting your own members to sit with guests after introduc- 

Membership — A very active chairman is needed here who is a good 
organizer. His committee should be representative of Craft Lodges in 
the district. They should invite "Craft" Mason to become members of 
a R. A. Chapter. They should be prepared to answer questions about 
Capitular Masonry. Pamphlets are available from Grand Scribe E. 

Attendance — This committee could aid greatly by working for har- 
mony all around. Should be very good as "mixers" in their Chapter at 
every Convocation. Should work in close unity with membership com- 
mittee. Should be definitely concerned with "demitting members". 
Why? Could assist the council in suggesting members who may be 
interested in taking part in the degree work. Could arrange for mem- 
bers to "pick up" a nearby Companion. 


Chairman is not a name on summons — First Principal should be 
very careful as to whom he chooses to act. Chairman should be willing 
and active and appoint his committee members. 

Finance — Past Principals are best qualified to act on this committee 
and should advise how to use finances to best advantage, to the Z., H., 
and J. Should work closely with the Scribe E. and Treasurer. 

Superintendant of Work — Should be a well skilled and active Past 
Principal. Should advise the officers as to the correct use of the "work" 
in all it's phases and in every degree. Should be prepared, when called 
on by 1st Principal, to comment on any part of the work and give 
advise when needed. Should attend at each practice session of the 
officers. Should arrange the practice session with aid of the council in 
full. He should organize an instruction committee. 

Instruction Committee — Should be called on at the discretion of the 
1st Principal to give assistance to Superintendant of the Work under 
Supt. of Work's direction. Should be prepared to advise during work of 

Instructions To All First Principals in District No. 8 

(A) Should see that all offices are filled before the Grand Super- 
intendent is admitted. 

Open on time — (B) Should open his Chapter on time as stated in the 

Receiving Guests — (C) If opened as stated in the summons, the 
Grand Superintendent and guests should be received about not later 
than 8:15. 

Responsibility — (D) The 1st Principal is responsible for all the pro- 
ceedings, while the Chapter is in session. 

A Three Way Team — (E) The 1st Principal should at all times 
work in the closest harmony with his Past Principals. 

Duties For Head Table — (F) The 1st Principal should announce 
those he wishes to sit at the head table with him and delegate to the 
Second Principal the duty to see that accommodations are available for 
all Companions including the head table. 

Stewards — (G) Third Principal, as is customary, is responsible for 
the attendance of Stewards at the Banquet Hour. 

Close On Time — (H) 1st Principal should, if the Chapter is opened 
on time, be able to call for the Third Principal's Toast at or near 
11:00 p.m. 

Take Your Time For A Well Written Summons — (I) 1st Principal should 
take control and responsibility for the contents of his Chapter Sum- 
mons according to the constitution. He should invite consultation with 
his 2nd and 3rd Principal to assist him with its final content. A good 
informative and well written summons creates and maintains interest 
among all the membership, take time to write a good one each month, 
try to indicate a personal message to each Companion who reads the 
summons that you miss him. 

Make Everyone Feel Welcome — At all Convocations be sure to 
have your Attendance Committee assist you in your welcome to all 
Companions attending meeting. 

Advertise Your Chapter Meetings — All 1st Principals should receive 
a copy of your summons. 

Attendance — Over a period of many years in the past a great deal 
has been said about attendance — or lack of it. 

Invite Other Chapters To Visit You — As a starter, it is recommended 
that ALL 1st Principals advise and invite to attend, all 1st Principals 
in the district, the Official Visits of the Grand Superintendent and that 
the 1st Principal act as host to the Principals attending. 

Share The Invitations With Your Other Principals — It is recom- 


mended that the 1st Principal of the Host Chapter instruct his 2nd and 
3rd Principals to invite and act in a similar capacity with 2nd and 3rd 
Principals of other Chapters in the district during Official Visits of the 
Grand Superintendent. 

Attendance Committee — A strong and active Attendance Committee 
is essential to every Chapter. It should be understood that their duties 
are not confined to a phone call only to the members at large, but should 
include phone calls to the members, of course; close collaboration with 
the Membership Committee; personal contact at all Convocations with 
the attending Comps. with special attention to new members. 

Encourage at all times the wearing of Chapter Jewels by the Com- 
panions while attending Lodge or Chapter. One Companion said that 
he felt that he was bragging if her wore his Chapter Jewel to his Craft 

Membership Committee — Should work closely with their Brethren 
in the Craft Lodges and never hesitate to invite membership to all 
worthy brethren in their Lodges, to join your Chapter of R.A.M. 

Demitting Members — Membership Committee should investigate 
very thoroughly any and all Companions who request a demit. There 
is often a reason for this request which does not reflect favourably on 
the Chapter. 

Look Well To Your Summons — One Companion stated to me that 
as he was unable to attend his Chapter for business reasons on the 
stated night he was in total darkness as to what was "going on" in 
his Chapter as his monthly summons was almost a blank in its informa- 
tive content and he was considering requesting his demit. 

Investigate — An active Membership Committee could correct this 
Companions attitude by a quiet investigation and reporting the condition 
to the 1st Principal for his action. 

Sponsor's Responsibility — An active Membership Committee could 
often prevent a Companion acquiring a demit by referring the request 
to the Companion's sponsors for investigation. 

Financial — The request for a demit by a Companion is not always 
prompted by financial inability to meet the dues payment. 

During the past year many of our Companions have "stopped by 
the side of the road" to rest and have layed down their tools of labour 
and passed to the Grand Chapter Above. We shall ever remember 
their stay with us, shall regret their passing from our presence and may 
the Great Jehovah give to we who are here the vision, wisdom and 
strength to carry out the many plans that our departed Companions 
had started and hadn't time to complete. 

In closing, may I say that I noted some improvement in conditions 
of Royal Arch Masonry in Toronto District No. 8 and that enthusiasm 
is high. To my successor I extend hearty congratulations and may he 
have the same happy experiences that I enjoyed so much. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Reedie 

As a result of the visit to the 14 Chapters in Toronto District No. 
8A, and as a result of the dedications, the special nights in the district 
and the very exceptional Lodge of Instruction, I have been convinced 
that the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in this Toronto District 8A 
is not only in excellent condition but is in excellent hands. It would 
seem to me that the condition of Masonry in our district is improving 
year by year, not only in the excellence of the work, the performance of 
the individual officers, but in the keeping of records and minutes and 
in the financial well being of all of said Chapters. 

It is true that there have been some instances of some delay in re- 
turning reports- to Grand Chapter, but usually this has been due to 


illnesses on the part of the various people responsible and I am quite 
certain that this situation will now amend itself. 

Attendance reported by the constituent chapters of Toronto 8A 
vary from a low of 16 members to a high of 53 members per meeting 
and visitors from a low of 5 to a high of 32 as reported. 

This augurs well for a continuing interest in our branch of Free- 
masonry because this shows an improved attendance figure over pre- 
vious years and it seems to be continually improving. There were other 
and very important occasions during my year of office, the Dedication at 
Richmond Hill, through the auspices of the St. Clair Chapter and I 
counted myself fortunate indeed in being able to attend this wonderful 
occasion. I am extremely regretful that it was necessary for me to 
miss Grand Chapter Night in the Mount Sinai Chapter and from all re- 
ports of that wonderful evening I certainly missed a Royal Arch high- 
light. Another great occasion in Toronto District 8A was the Investiture 
as Grand Organist of Very Ex. Companion Roy Pannabecker by our 
accomplished Grand Second Principal Rt. Ex. Companion Stanley Porch. 
My year as District Superintendent would have been made far more 
difficult and almost impossible if it had not been for the very wonderful 
assistance, the helpful advice and the all around efficiency and goodwill 
of my travelling companion Ex. Comp. Brian Rodd, the District Sec- 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Blakely Lamont 

As Grand Superintendent of Georgian District No. 9, 1965-66, I 
hereby submit my report on Royal Arch Masonry in all Chapters of 

April 26 — A District Meeting was held at Collingwood Manitou 
Chapter No. 27 were hosts for this meeting. 4 out of 7 Chapters were 
represented and seemed very much enthused. 

June 7, 1965 — We paid our first visit to Seguin Chapter No. 261, 
Parry Sound, with a very good attendance for the youngest chapter. 
They lost one member by withdrawal but prospects are good. 

Oct. 8, 1965— We visited Orillia's Couchiching No. 198. To a very 
nice gathering they worked the Royal Arch Degree. They lost 6 mem- 
bers, but had 5 deaths and 6 withdrawals. 

Oct. 12, 1965 — Signet Chapter No. 34, Barrie, was our next visit to 
see the M.E.M. Degree. They lost 2 memberships but had 3 deaths and 
11 withdrawals. Prospects good. 

Nov. 16, 1965 — Georgian Chapter No. 56, Owen Sound, was our next 
visit for a very enjoyable evening. They worked the M.E.M. Degree 
very well. They showed a gain of 4 in membership as well as losing 2 
by death and 1 withdrawal. Prospects good. 

Jan. 13, 1966 — Amabel Chapter No. 131, Wiarton, was our next visit 
and on this occasion they treated us to one of those famous fish dinners 
for which they are so well noted. They worked the M.E.M. Degree. Very 
well done. They broke even on membership but lost 2 by death and 1 
withdrawal. Prospects are good. 

Jan. 16, 1966 — Manitou Chapter No. 27 was the next. It is the oldest 
in our District and are very much enthused over celebrating their One 
Hundredth Anniversary. They worked the M.E.M. Degree and were very 
good. They lost 1 membership but had 2 death. Prospects good. 

Feb. 14, 1966 — Kichikewana Chapter No. 167, Midland, was our next 
and last visit to see the M.M.M. Degree worked and was quite well done. 
They lost 2 in membership but had 6 deaths. Prospects good. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. D. D. M. Peebles 
My thanks to those First Principals and Companions of the various 


Chapters who faithfully carried the Travelling Keystone on all my 
official visits and presented it to the First Principal of the Chapter 
being inspected. I always knew beforehand there would be some visitors 
from other Chapters present and it was an inspiration to me to hear 
the message, and afterwards read it, in the book accompanying the 
"White Stone". These inter-chapter visits help to increase and preserve 
the spirit of fraternity and companionship that should exist between the 
Chapters of Royal Arch Masonry. 

The official visits of inspection were as follows with the degrees 

June 1— Pentalpha No. 28, Oshawa— H.R.A. 

June 17— Midland No. 94, Lindsay— H.R.A. 

Sept. 8— Warkworth No. 110, Warkworth— M.M.M. 

Sept. 20— Ionic No. 168, Campbellford— M.M.M. 

Sept. 22— Corinthian No. 36, Peterborough— M.M.M. 

Oct. 1— Excelsior No. 45, Colborne— M.E.M. 

Oct. 8— Victoria No. 37, Port Hope— H.R.A. 

Oct. 18— Palestine No. 249, Bowmanville— H.R.A. 

Oct. 20— King Darius No. 134, Cannington— M.M.M. 

Oct. 26— St. John's No. 48, Cobourg— M.M.M. 

Nov. 15— Keystone No. 35, Whitby— H.R.A. 

From the above list, it will be seen that, during the year, I have 
witnessed the conferring of all the degrees of Capitular Masonry. I 
was very pleased with the work of the Officers and Companions in the 
various degrees and I would say that Royal Arch Masonry is in very 
good hands in this District No. 10. In most cases, the enunciation was 
good, and loud enough to be heard by everyone, which I consider very 
important in degree work. Nothing is more uninteresting to the Can- 
didate or the rest of the Companions than work that is inaudible or 
given so rapidly as to be unintelligible. And if praise was deserving, I 
always complimented the officers and companions, or privately cen- 
sured the First Principal, if necessary. 

I also explained and stressed the importance of contributions to the 
Grand Chapter Bursary and Scholarship Fund, and I hope the Chapters 
of this Province of Ontario have seen fit to contribute liberally to this 
worthwhile undertaking. 

On Sunday, Sept. 12th, the Ontario District No. 10 Church Service 
was held at Colborne United Church. The service was in charge of Rev. 
Bro. R. French, assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. D. D. M. Peebles who read the 
lesson. M. Ex. Comp. Girven was present, as well as Companions of 
nearly every Chapter in the district and from the adjoining Prince 
Edward District No. 11, including their Grand Superintendent, Rt. Ex. 
Comp. C. C. McMullen. 

On Sunday, Oct. 24th, an interesting and instructive Divine Service 
of Prince Edward District No. 11 was held at Belleville Masonic Temple 
in the Chapter Rooms. Companions and Brethren, with their wives and 
families attended and most, if not all, of the chairs were filled by Grand 
Chapter Officers. Rt. Ex. Comp. Payton, Grand Chaplain, delivered the 

I am sorry to say that the membership of the District No. 10 is 
down slightly from the previous year, principally on account of 34 
deaths of Companions during the year, and to their families, I extend 
my sincere sympathy. 

There are a number of suspensions and withdrawals during the 
year, possibly on account of age, but I deplore the number of Companions 
who have forgotten their obligation and are 12 months or more in 

Every Chapter in the District has initiated one or more candidates 


and the interest of those attending appears to be good, but the average 
attendance is a disappointingly small percentage of the membership 
and I would urge the Companions to attend more regularly. 

One of the highlights of my report, worthy of note, is that King 
Darius Chapter No. 134, Cannington, has no outstanding dues and no 
suspensions. My heartiest congratulations to the Officers and Com- 
panions! Also, there were no deaths in King Darius Chapter during the 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Cyril McMullen 

During my visits at every Chapter I was received with dignity and 
respect as the representative of the Grand First Principal. Every 
Chapter, with the exception of one, conferred a degree and was exempli- 
fied in a most dignified manner. I believe Prince Edward District has a 
very high standard. 

It is the custom in this District for the travelling triangle to accom- 
pany the Grand Superintendent on all his official visits, and it was the 
duty of the Secretary, Ex. Comp. Percy Kerr, to place it on the Volume 
of the Sacred Law, after I was received in the East. 

We had a Chapter of Instructions early in the spring of 1965 in 
the Royal Arch Degree which was very well attended and from the re- 
marks of the Companions, I felt, that they had benefitted considerably 
by it I am also very much in favour of having a night of instructions 
for the Officers, in which they might understand their duties and learn 
to conduct their business in a manner in which it should be done. 

Our Instructive Committee has not been as active to the extent that 
I had hoped. 

A few of the Chapters have an evening for the ladies. This I think 
of great importance. It is one way of showing our appreciation to 

Again this year we have had the pleasure of attending the Craft 
lodges where two of our members were installed as Masters of their 
lodges. On both occasions we attended in a body which was well attend- 
ed. I might say that I have been royally received in the Craft lodges. 

Chapter Were the hosts at a banquet which was held in the audi- 

The Installations which I attended were carried out in a very 
efficient manner. 

We are again having our inter-visits throughout the District. We 
decided that the larger Chapters would exchange with the smaller Chap- 
ters in conferring of degrees. We felt that this exchange of Chapters 
would create more interest. We had very good success with the Com- 
panions attending the meetings. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. G. William Gorrell 

The condition of Capitular Masonry in this District is mixed. While 
the three larger Chapters maintain a steady membership, the smaller 
Chapters are, with perhaps one exception, encountering increasing dif- 
ficulties. There is a decline in membership in the small Chapters and 
many of the members on the rolls are either non-residents or have 
reached an age where they are no longer active. 

As a result the burden of carrying on the Chapter work and Chapter 
offices continues to fall on basically the same people year after year. 
As these faithful "work horses" become older, and as the condition seems 
to be perpetual, many of them are beginning to succumb to the strain 
of too long continued responsibility. Unless new, younger members can 
be found in sufficient quantity to fill the major offices and carry the 


burden of the work, I would feel that the long term future of these small 
Chapters is dubious. 

The three larger Chapters in the District do not have this problem 
as there are sufficient numbers to share the burdens of office more 

The Degree work done by all of the Chapters is quite good and a 
Chapter of Instruction was held at Brockville during the year when the 
M.E.M. Degree was exemplified and Most Excellent Companion Bruce 
Smith was in attendance as friendly critic. 

A social meeting of the members of the Chapters in the District 
and their friends will be held at Upper Canada Village on an informally 
arranged basis on May 14th and it is hoped that this will increase the 
interest generally in Chapter work. 

I wish to thank all of the officers and past officers throughout the 
District without whose valuable assistance I would have been unable to 
perform my duties, and in particular I would express my thanks to Right 
Excellent Companion W. Gummer the District Chairman of the Masonic 
Instruction Committee and Excellent Companion W. S. Weegar whose 
assistance as my Secretary was both generous and invaluable. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. M. J. McLeod 

A well attended District Meeting of Instruction was held in Granite 
Chapter room in Almonte on the evening of May 31. This meeting was 
held in Almonte as being more central in the District and I would ex- 
press my appreciation to Ex. Comp. James Ingram for his co-operation 
in arranging this meeting. 

Official Visits of Inspection were made to all Chanters of the Dis- 
trict during the months of September, October and November. I was 
impressed by the cordiality and dignity of my reception in every in- 
stance. In eleven Chapters I witnessed work, though varying slightly 
in character, of high quality and could not but impress candidates. 

Dochert Chapter No. 248 have been experiencing difficult times; no 
candidates and but four meetings in 1965. They now have four candi- 
dates and I hope that this may be the spark that will start them on 
their way to better days. I expect to be present for degree work before 
my term of office is over. 

In all visits I emphasized the importance of the District Instruction 
Committee, not because of the quality of the work, but in the interests 
of uniformity. I do not believe that the value of this committee is 
realized by many Chapters. It must be remembered that this com- 
mittee continues from year to year and has a continuity that is not in 
the office of Grand Superintendent. Ottawa District has Chapters that 
are strong and active as well as those that are struggling to hold their 
own. I could not but be impressed with the spirit that pervades the 
district and hope that, particularly in the weaker Chapters, the en- 
thusiasm and labors of those Companions that are taking an active 
part will be amply rewarded. 

On Monday, Nov. 22nd, the annual meeting of the Principals and 
Past Principals Assoc, was highlighted by the presence of M. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle, the speaker for the evening. 

During the year I was privileged to attend and take part in Divine 
Services held by St. Francis Chapter, Maple Chapter and in a Memorial 
Service for the late M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts held by his Mother Lodge, 
Hawkesbury 450 GRC. 

The Principals and Past Princinals Association of the District is 
very active and making a great contribution to Capitular Masonry. Their 
advice and help has been greatly appreciated. 


R. Ex. Comp. Harold George Blanchard 

The statistical report shows a considerable decrease in total mem- 
bership but this is due almost entirely to the correction of the mem- 
bership roll in Shuniah Chapter (to which I belong). Actually, the 
district had a gain of 7 members out of an increase of 50 and a loss of 
43. In addition, there are on hand at the year end 9 petitions awaiting 

Predecessors of mine have mentioned the problem of the distances 
involved and the benefit a division of the district would bring, but until 
some two chapters at least are formed in this part of the district, it is 
my opinion this is not practical. With the opening of the highway be- 
tween Atikokan and Fort Frances, the possibility of a link now from 
Atikokan to Highway 17 this places Atikokan much more practically in 
the western part of the district than with the Lakehead. Except for 
District 15, I suspect the superintendent covers the most mileage in 
Algoma District. In any event, Atikokan is the closest of the five 
chapters outside of the Lakehead and that is 125 miles. In view of the 
membership the cost of the visits, therefore, is high, plus the fact our 
fare to Toronto is the highest. 

This however is a report on the excellent calibre of the companions 
in Algoma District who though deprived by distance of closer inspira- 
tion from Grand Chapter and from one another are striving — and I 
submit with increasing success and hope as the year 1966 opens — to 
promote the fraternity in North Western Ontario. The officers and 
companions have shown themselves proficient in the performance of the 
various degrees and in my brief association this year with many, have 
more importantly shown themselves cognizant of the lessons imparted 
by those degrees. 

R. Ex. Comp. E. C. Price 

I have been asked by the Most Excellent Companion James E. 
Girven to submit the report of New Ontario District, No. 15, owing to 
the sudden death of the late Rt. Excellent Companion J. L. Robertson, 
Grand Supt., on December 4th, 1965. One had only to know him and 
travel with him when he visited the various Chapters to realize how 
interested he was in Capitular Masonry. I had the honor of being ap- 
pointed his Secretary and travelled with him extensively over this vast 
district. He is sadly missed in Algonquin Chapter and mourned in all 
branches of Masonry in the District. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. H. W. Walker resigned as Algonquin Chapter's rep- 
resentative on Masonic Education and Rt. Ex. Comp J. L. Robertson 
appointed Ex. Comp. Wm. Hillmer in his stead. 

The official visits were completed by the Late J. L. Robertson and 
was accompanied on those visits by Ex. Comps. Hillmer and Price. 
Official visits were as follows: 

October 19th— Espanola, No. 257. 

November 5th — Algonquin, No. 102. 

November 9th — Tuscan, No. 95. 

November 18th— St. John's, No. 103. 

The Rt. Ex. Comp. was well received on every occasion. A degree 
was conferred on every occasion. Espanola the M.M.M.; Algonquin 
Chapter also conferred degree of M.M.M.; Tuscan and St. John's con- 
ferring the R.A.M. and M.E.M. degrees, respectfully. 

The Grand Supt. was very pleased he had been able to see all de- 
grees conferred by the various Chapters while holding office. His replies 
on all occasions were very complimentary. 


We were well received on all occasions by the various Chapters and 
entertained royally at the conclusion of each and every Convocation. 

The attendance at all Chapters were average for the present year 
in comparison to previous years. 

The Ex. First Principal of Espanola Chapter invited all Chapters to 
a School of Instruction at Espanola on October 2nd. Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Robertson presided with Rt. Ex. Comp. Ken Shore, of Espanola assisting. 
The meeting was well attended and valuable instruction provided by the 
attending Ex. Comps. 

An earlier meeting in May was called by Rt. Ex. Comp. Ken Shore 
which was very well attended in Espanola at which the aims of the 
various Chapters were described to those present. These get-togethers 
are of benefit, especially to our district as we gather at a central point 
(Espanola) and renew friendships and make plans for coming events. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Richter 

As my first official act on June 30, 1965, I had the very pleasant 
and distinct honor of presenting Rt. Ex. Comp. J. C. Kincade with his 
25 year Past Principal Jewel. 

August 12, 1965, was a very dark day for the Companions of Abitibi 
Chapter as they saw the building housing their Chapter and Lodge 
rooms being destroyed by fire. Except for some of the membership 
records and ledgers which our Scribe E. Horace Jones had at his home 
everything was completely destroyed. 

October 14, 1965, I had the honor and pleasure of presenting Ex. 
Comp. A. Troop of Temiskaming Royal Arch Chapter No. 169 with his 
50 year Royal Arch Mason Jewel. 

My official visits were as follows: 

Oct. 14 — Temiskaming, No. 169, New Liskeard — M.M.M. 

Oct. 20— Northern Lights, No. 213, Timmins— M.M.M. 

Oct. 27— Kirkland, No. 251, Kirkland Lake— M.M.M. 

Nov. 25 — Abitibi, No. 223, Iroquois Falls. 

On January 19, 1966, with the assistance of the Past Z.'s of Abitibi 
Chapter I had the honor of installing and investing the officers of 
Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, for the ensuing year. 

On January 26, 1966, assisted by Past Principals of Kirkland and 
Abitibi Chapters I had the unique experience of conducting a joint in- 
stallation ceremony of the officers of Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, and 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, for the ensuing year. 

The degree work was conducted in an impressive and sincere man- 
ner. I left with the impression that the candidates were favorably im- 
pressed with their step in further light in masonry. 

Although Abitibi Chapter, due to their unsettled state, had no de- 
gree work at my official visit I have assisted and witnessed their work 
on numerous occasions and can vouch that their officers can work all of 
the degrees in a very dignified and proficient manner. 

With the exception of Abitibi Chapter the Chapters of Temiskaming 
District, No. 16, appear to be in a healthy position and have fairly good 
prospects for the future. 

Abitibi Chapter is in the unfortunate position of having the 
majority of its membership out of town. Over the last several years 
quite a number of its members, due to deaths, retirements and other 
causes, have left the district to take up residence. The number of ad- 
missions has not kept pace with this loss of local membership with the 
result that there are not enough active local members from which to 
get a turn-over of officers necessary to keep the Chapter active and 
moving ahead. Added to the loss of the Chapter Rooms it will require 
a concerted effort from all of the members to get more members to help 
Abitibi Chapter over its present troubled times. 



To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario: 

Most Excellent Grand "Z" and Companions: 

I submit herewith Statement of Receipts and Disbursements for the 
period March 1, 1965, to February 28, 1966. 



Balance— February 28, 1965 $ 3,705.75 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Receipts from Chapters $23,476.70 

Grand Convocation receipts 2,514.36 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 3,164.00 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership .... 39.75 

Interest on Investments 2,549.86 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 528.50 

Sale of History 16.00 

Refund from Grand Z. re travelling 106.00 

Sundries 11.70 

Sale of Gov't of Canada Bonds 4,525.00 


Grand S2ribe E. Office: 

Compensation $5,499.84 

Assistants 4,191.06 

Rent 2,496.00 

Miscellaneous 1,224.65 

Canada Pension Plan 24.60 


Proceedings 1,766.81 

General 575.10 


Grand Z 2.106.00 

General 225.80 


Grand Convocation 5,470.72 

Grand Executive 2,314.90 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 500.G0 

Jewels, medals and engraving 808.41 

Education and instruction 885.04 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Supplies for resale 1,920.64 

Grand Z. Regalia 254.41 

Grand Z. testimonial 350.00 

Insurance 6.25 

Capital expenditures 3,245.50 


Balance as at February 28, 1966 6,296.89 





Balance — February 28, 1965 $ 2,267.35 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Interest on Investments $ 2,810.25 

Bank interest 201.29 

Legacy from Estate of R. J. Lewis 10,000.00 

Province of Ontario 3%— 1965 Bonds 18,000.00 



Benevolent Grants $ 1,800.00 

Purchase of National Trust 6%— Nov 16, 1970 

Debentures 9,000.00 

Purchase of Canada Permanent Mortgage — 5%% 

Aug. 15, 1968 Debentures 21,000.00 

Postage .50 

Balance as at February 28, 1966 1,478.39 




Balance— February 28, 1965 $1,539.00 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Commutations $991.28 

Interest on investments 770.00 

Bank interest 19.08 




Transferred to General Fund $3,164.00 

Balance as at February 28, 1966 155.36 



Balance— February 28, 1965 $303.29 

Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Bank interest 9.42 



Transferred to General Fund $ 39.75 

Balance as at February 28, 1966 272.96 






Received from Grand Scribe E.: 

Donations $1,961.30 

Sale of $1,700 Canada 4 1 / 2 % Sept. 1, 1983 

Bonds 1,700.00 

Bond interest 200.70 



Bursaries— 3 of $500.00 each $1,500.00 

Loss of sale of Bonds 182.75 

Miscellaneous expenses 47.79 


Balance as at February 28, 1966 2,131.46 

Pursuant to instructions from the Grand Executive $12,000 in Bonds 
was transferred from the unexpended revenue of the Victory Thanks- 
giving- Benevolent Fund to the Scholarship and Bursary Fund. 
Respectfully submitted, 


Grand Treasurer. 
Examined and verified — John D. Lewars, C.A., Auditor 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Treasurer be received and 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
I present herewith the annual report of cash receipts and ledger 

balance for the fiscal year ending February 28, 1966. 

March 1, 1965, to February 28, 1966 

Balance Balance 
No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui $235.50 $ 1.50 

2 The Hiram 173.30 3.00 

3 St. John's, London 151.50 $ 1.62 

4 The St. Andrew and St. John 120.00 

5 St. George's 157.50 1.50 

6 St. John's, Hamilton 153.00 .85 

7 The Moira 116.50 

8 King Solomon's 259.00 134.00 

15 Wawanosh 188.00 

16 Carleton 500.00 1.00 

18 Oxford 186.00 

19 Mount Moriah 279.00 13.00 

20 Mount Horeb 70.50 

22 Grenville 92.75 .35 

23 Ezra 149.50 1.00 

24 Tecumseh 263.12 1.50 

26 St. Mark's 150.50 


No. Name of Chapter 

27 Manitou 

28 Pentalpha 

29 McCallum 

30 Huron 

31 Prince Edward 

32 Waterloo 

34 Signet 

35 Keystone, Whitby 

36 Corinthian 

37 Victoria, Port Hope 

40 Guelph 

41 Harris 

44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 

45 Excelsior 

46 St. James 

47 Wellington 

48 St. John's, Cobourg 

53 Bruce ..' 

54 Palestine, St. Thomas . 

55 Niagara 

56 Georgian 

57 King Hiram 

59 Sussex-St. Lawrence 

61 Granite 

62 York ... 

63 Havelock 

64 Wilson 

65 St. Paul's, Toronto 

66 The Malloch 

67 Enterprise 

68 Maitland 

69 Grimsby 

71 Prince of Wales, Essex 

72 Keystone, Stirling 

73 Erie 

74 Beaver, Strathroy 

75 St. Clair, Milton 

76 Mount Nebo 

77 Occident 

78 Minnewawa 

79 Orient 

80 Ark 

81 Aylmer 

82 Shuniah 

83 Ionic, Orangeville 

84 Lebanon, Wingham 

88 MacNabb 

90 Golden 

91 Toronto- Antiquity 

94 Midland 

95- Tuscan 

102 Algonquin 

103 St. John's, North Bay . 

104 White Oak 

110 Warkworth 

112 St. John's, Morrisburg 

113 Convenant 











































































































Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

114 Bonnechere 125.80 .15 

115 Brant 118.50 .50 

116 Maple 93.00 

117 Kitchener, Kitchener 122.00 1.00 

119 King Cyrus, Leamington 169.50 

129 Elliott 100.50 1.00 

130 Chantry 67.50 

131 Amabel 106.00 .11 

132 Leeds 106.50 47.00 

133 St. Francis 211.10 2.90 

134 King Darius 74.00 

135 Succoth 64.00 .50 

138 Shekinah 355.00 17.00 

140 Fort William 176.50 7.90 

143 Glengarry 66.25 

144 Presqu'ile 52.00 4.50 

145 The St. Patrick 252.30 11.00 

146 Bernard 115.00 3.50 

147 Lucknow 83.00 2.71 

148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 87.50 .80 

149 Atwood 44.50 .50 

150 London 124.00 1.00 

151 Laurentian 262.25 3.00 

152 Alberton 170.00 .50 

153 Sombra 114.00 9.02 

155 Ancaster 100.00 3.35 

161 Madoc 153.50 7.59 

163 The Beaches 89.50 

164 Lome 75.50 

167 Kichikewana 136.00 12.00 

168 Ionic, Campbellford 118.55 1.82 

169 Temiskaming 79.75 1.25 

175 The Hamilton 115.00 .20 

184 Hugh Murray 111.00 6.00 

195 Peel 195.00 2.00 

198 Couchiching 162.50 69.50 

205 Victoria, Thornhill 126.50 1.00 

210 Kitchener, Russell 83.50 

212 Mount Sinai, Toronto 504.40 13.00 

213 Northern Lights 118.00 1.00 

214 Vimy 59.50 

215 Mimico 120.10 13.00 

217 St. Alban's 137.00 2.00 

218 Prince Edward, Shelbourne 68.50 1.50 

219 Ulster 76.50 1.00 

220 Lebanon, Lambton Mills 152.50 

221 Durham 64.00 14.50 

222 Ottawa 311.30 .50 

223 Abitibi 70.50 1.50 

224 Keystone, Hamilton 110.00 6.10 

225 Beaver, Toronto 96.80 

226 Prince of Wales, Perth 155.71 .90 

227 Quinte Friendship . 281.00 18.50 

230 Port Credit 113.00 67.50 

231 The St. Clair, Toronto 238.30 2.50 

232 King Cyrus, Toronto 123.50 1.00 

233 Oakwood 98.50 3.50 


Balance Balance 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Debit Credit 

234 Halton 133.30 

235 Aurora 128.50 4.50 

236 Caledonia 82.50 .50 

238 The St. Andrew 161.00 9.00 

239 Blenheim 84.50 

240 Smithville 27.50 9.00 

241 University 83.00 1.50 

242 St. Paul's Lambeth 81.00 1.00 

243 McKay 75.00 39.00 

245 Preston 78.45 1.50 

246 Humber 199.80 6.00 

247 Nilestown 179.50 1.00 

248 Dochert 45.60 

249 Palestine, Bowmanville 118.00 

250 Thomas Peters 226.00 4.50 

251 Kirkland 137.30 

252 Hiawatha 216.80 7.50 

253 Regal 95.00 .20 

254 Golden Star 216.50 .15 

255 Tillsonburg 136.00 1.50 

257 Espanola 113.50 56.65 

258 Tyrian 64.00 2.50 

259 Quetico 61.00 6.00 

260 Centennial 65.50 29.00 

261 Seguin 51.00 

262 King David 66.00 .50 

263 The Scarborough 165.75 10.50 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 100.00 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia ... 305.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 50.00 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 39.90 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 56.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 100.00 100.00 

Rebate of Executive Committee 

expenses 404.40 

Sales to sundry individuals 24.45 

Grand Convocation receipts 2,109.96 

Travel rebate 106.00 

Sales of supplies 1.50 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 3,164.00 

$28,443.89 $1,024.38 $395.75 

For the year ended February 28, 1966 

Receipts from Chapters $23,476.70 

Rebate of Executive Committee Expenses 404.40 

Grand Convocation Receipts 2,109.96 

Transfer from Life Membership Fund 3,164.00 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 39.75 

Interest on Investments 2,549^6 

Sales to other Grand Chapters 528.50 

Sale of History 16.00 

Travel Rebate 106.00 

Sundries 11.70 

Sale of Gov't of Canada Bonds ($5,000.00) 4,525.00 

Examined and verified-^John D. Lewars, C.A. $36,931.87 


I hereby submit my fifth Annual Report as Grand Scribe Ezra, 
recording a detailed accounting of the Receipts and Ledger Balances of 
the Constituent Chapters as of February 28, 1966. 

The Annual Returns, with one exception, of the 158 Chapters have 
been received reviewed and tabulated as shown herein. All have been 
examined and verified by our Auditor, Bro. John D. Lewars, C.A. 

Once again it was not possible to prepare the advance Grand 
Chapter figures for the Auditor as twenty-five Annual Returns were 
received in the first three days of February, with a further twenty-three 
Reports being received up to February 23rd and a further Returns being 
received on March 4th, 7th and 16th. At the time of preparing this 
report one Chapter Returns had not been received. 

I might point out that the tardy Chapters of previous years were 
written reminding them that their Chapter Report and Returns for the 
year were to be forwarded to Grand Chapter office on or before the 31st 
of January, under the Constitution of Grand Chapter. When the dead- 
line was passed the late Chapters were again written. Later the Grand 
Superintendents' aid was enlisted and finally that of the Grand First 

Despite set-backs such as late Chapter Returns, etc., I am pleased to 
report that the revision and up-dating of Grand Chapter office proce- 
dures and records are progressing very favourably. The balance of the 
Chapters, not completed in 1964, have all been revised as to total mem- 
berships and commuted members. All the new membership records are 
now in everyday use and there only remains approximately 5,500 mem- 
bership cards to be typed before this phase of the work is finalized. 
The necessary cabinets and indexes for the Master File are on hand and 
this part of the up-dating will be undertaken next, thereby completing 
the enormous task. My thanks and appreciation to my Secretary, Mrs. 
J. Slessor, for her aid in typing these reports, in addition to her daily 
Grand Chapter duties. 

A study of the Statistical Report will indicate membership increases 
of 739 and decreases totalling 987, which I regret to report indicates an 
actual loss of 248 members. You will also note a loss of 516 members 
indicated; during 1965 there were further adjustments of Grand Chapter 
records of plus 53 and minus 321 thereby having a decrease of 268 and 
combined with the actual loss of 248 gives the 516 figure. 

The Co-operation and assistance of the many Scribes E., of the 
Grand First Principal and of the Grand Executive is gratefully ack- 

Respectfully submitted, 

Lriooert (Joan Crtamilton, 

Grand Scribe E. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
R. J. Hamilton, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand S.E. be received and 



Most Excellent Companion, James Elwood Girven, Grand First Principal, 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province of 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account and 
supporting records of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer of 
the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1966. From this ex- 
amination, I have prepared the statements listed below and I now present 
them together with my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1966. 

Exhibit "B" — Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account for the 
year ended February 28, 1966. 

Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as at 
February 28, 1966. 

Schedule "2" — The Life Membership Fund — Grand Chapter as at 
February 28, 1966. 

Schedule "3" — The Chapter's Life Membership Fund as at February 
28, 1966. 

Schedule "4" — The Scholarship and Bursary Fund as at February 
28, 1966. 


The Petty Cash Fund was counted at the time of my examination 
and found to be in order. Vouchers were examined in support of all 
disbursements from this fund. The several bank balances, shown in 
Exhibit "A" and Schedule "1", "2", "3" and "4", were verified as at 
February 28, 1966, and all the bank transactions in the several funds 
for the year then ended were examined. 

The Accounts Receivable from the various Chapters were reviewed 
in detail and appear to be proper charges and collectible. I note that as 
at the date of preparation of this report there were four Chapters who 
had not filed their Annual Returns as required by your Constitution for 
the year ended December 31, 1965. It was, therefore, necessary to esti- 
mate their dues payable, in preparing this report. I recommend that 
the Grand Executive again draw the attention of the several constituent 
Chapters to their duties with respect to the filing of the Annual Returns 
and the payment of dues. 

As a result of a change in the financial reporting policy, authorized 
by your Advisory and Finance Committees, inventories of supplies for 
resale on hand as at the fiscal year-end, have been recognized as an 
asset and set up in the attached statements at cost. The physical in- 
ventory of these supplies was taken and priced by your Grand Scribe E. 
without further verification by me. 

Inasmuch as the necessary information has now become available, 
authority has been received from your Advisory and Finance Committee 
to charge the Life Membership Fund with $1,427.50 for life memberships 
dues for the fiscal year ended February 28, 1966. I have checked this 
computation and concur that it represents an actuarially sound charge 
against the Life Membership Fund. 

I bring to your attention that so long as the commutation fee for 
life members remains at $10.00, any member who becomes a life member 
is automatically removed from your current dues producing membership 
at $1.00 per annum and becomes a life member whose commutation pro- 
duces only $0.50 per annum for your General Fund. I recommend that 
consideration be given to increasing the commutation fee for life mem- 
bers to enable this fund to produce a revenue related to current rising 
operating costs. 


The computation of the accrued interest in the several funds was 
checked and found to be in order. 

The investments of the several funds are set out in detail in Exhibit 
"A" and Schedules "1", "2", and "4". These investments are held in a 
safe-deposit box in the City Hall Branch of the Canadian Imperial Bank 
of Commerce in the joint custody of any two of the Grand Scribe E., 
the Grand Treasurer, the Grand First Principal and the President of the 
Executive Committee. These investments were counted on March 11, 
1966 and found to be in order. During the fiscal year under review Gov- 
ernment of Canada bonds of the General Fund with a par value of 
$5,000.00 were sold at a discount of $475.00 and Government of Canada 
bonds of the Scholarship and Bursary Fund with a par value of $1,700.00 
were sold at a discount of $182.75. In the Victory Thanksgiving Bene- 
volent Fund, Province of Ontario Bonds with a par value of $18,000.00 
matured and the proceeds were deposited in the bank account of this 
Fund. During the fiscal year under review, the following securities 
were acquired by this Fund: 

Canada Permanent Mortgage— G.I.C.— 5 V 2 %— Aug. 15, 1968 $21,000.00 
National Trust— G.I.C—6%— Nov. 16, 1970 9,000.00 

So far as I was able to ascertain, from due inquiry of the officials 
concerned, and from the information presently available, all known lia- 
bilities of the various funds were taken up in the books of account as at 
February 28, 1966 and are reflected in the attached statements. The 
amount provided in the budget for an annuity for the Grand Scribe E. 
has been set up as a reserve fund as at February 28, 1966, although no 
definite commitment for the employment of this fund was entered into 
as at that date. 

Details of operations of the General Fund for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1966, as shown by the books of account of the Grand 
Scribe E., are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared with the budget for 
the fiscal year under review as approved by Grand Chapter. 

I note the Grand Chapter's authorization to establish a Scholarship 
and Bursary Fund utilizing the unexpanded income of the Victory 
Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. I received authority from the Grand 
Treasurer to transfer $12,000. in securities held by the Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund to a new fund — The Scholarship and Bursary 
Fund. Details of all transactions in this Fund to February 28, 1966, 
are provided in Schedule "4". 

As in preceding years, interim examinations were made of the 
books of account of the Grand Scribe E. and the Grand Treasurer and 
tentative interim reports were submitted as of August 31, 1965 and 
November 30, 1965. 

My examination included a general review of the accounting pro- 
cedures and such tests of the accounting records and other supporting 
evidence as I considered necessary under the circumstances. I have 
obtained all the information and explanations which I have required. 

I am pleased to note that progress continues to be made with the 
installation of modern, streamlined statistical records which will produce 
the information required more efficiently. 

In my opinion, subject to the qualifications contained in the fore- 
going comments, the attached Balance Sheet and related Statements are 
properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct view of the state 
of the financial affairs of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario as at February 28, 1966 and the 
results of operations for the year then ended, according to the best of 
my information and the explanations afforded to me and as shown by 
the books of the Grand Chapter. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 



Exhibit "A" 



Petty Cash Fund $ 200.00 

Cash in Bank 6,048.60 

$ 6,248.60 

Accounts Receivable — Chapters 628.58 

Due from Life Membership Fund — Grand 

Chapter 677.50 

Accrued Interest on Investment 915.00 

Inventory of Supplies for Resale (Cost) 3,666.73 

INVESTMENTS: $ 12,136.41 

Government of Canada — 4V 2 %— 1983 17,500.00 

Sterling Trust Corp.— 5*4%— 1966 2,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%— 1977 4,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3%%— 1979 28,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 4%— 1974 6,000.00 

Metropolitan Toronto— 3 V 2 %— 1975 3,000.00 

Less: Unamortized Discount 65.40 

Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (Cost) 11,676.77 

Less: Allowance for Depreciation 11,662.15 



Grand Chapter— Library 250.00 

Grand Chapter— Regalia 75.00 

Deferred Charges — Liability Insurance 931.23 


The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1") $69,259.02 

The Life Membership Fund (Schedule "2") .... 21,694.53 
The Chapter's Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule "3") 272.96 

The Scholarship and Bursary Fund 

(Schedule "4") 12,632.25 


LIABILITIES $177,700.62 


Reserve for Annuity $ 1,000.00 

Reserve for Special Funds 103,858.76 


Balance— March 1, 1965 $76,282.44 

Add: Inventory of Supplies for Resale as at 

March 1, 1965 (Cost) 3,273.75 

Less: Surplus taken into current year's opera- 
tions (per adoption of Report of Special 
Committee on Office Equipment at 1965 
Convocation) 3,250.00 

Less: Excess of Expenditures over Revenue 

(Exhibit "B") 3,464.33 




Exhibit "B" 
For The Year Ended February 28, 1966 

REVENUE Balances 

Estimated Actual Over* 

Revenue Revenue or Under 

Fees $ 2,100.00 $ 2,090.00 $ 10.00 

Dues 19,000.0 18,459.12 540.88 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 1,427.50 722.50 

Dispensations and Warrants 175.00 176.00 *1.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,200.00 1,932.91 267.09 

Interest on Investments 2,600.00 2,460.76 139.24 

Sale of Histories 16.00 *16.00 

Provided from Surplus Account 3,250.00 3,250.00 

TOTAL REVENUE 31,475.00 29,812.29 1,662.71 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE 31,607.00 33,276.62 *1,669.62 


OVER REVENUE $ 132.00 $ 3,464.33 $3,332.33 


Estimated Over* 

GRAND SCRIBE E.: Expenditure Actual Expenditure or Under 

Compensation $ 5,500.00 $ 5,499.84 $ .16 

Office Assistant 4,000.00 4,191.06 *191.06 

Rent 2,500.00 2,496.00 4.00 

Misc. (Telephone, Postage, 

Supplies) 1,700.00 1,224.65 475.35 

Annuity 500.00 500.00 

Canada Pension Plan .... 24.60 *24.60 

14,200.00 $13,936.15 
Foreign Correspondence- 
Reviewer 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 500.00 500.00 

PRINTING: Proceedings 1,600.00 1,766.81 *166.81 

General 500.00 575.10 *75.10 

2,100.00 2,341.91 

TRAVELLING: Grand Z 2,000.00 2,000.00 

General 250.00 225.80 24.20 

2,250.00 2,225.80 

EXPENSES: Convocation ... 3,500.00 3,355.48 144.52 

Executive Committee 1,600.00 1,910.50 *310.50 

5,100.00 5,265.98 

Jewels and Engraving 1,000.00 808.41 191.59 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 

Grant to Can. Masonic 

Res. Assoc 50.00 50.00 

Liability Insurance 932.00 937.47 *5.47 

Education and Instruction 500.00 885.04 *385.04 

Supplies for Resale 500.00 1,527.66 *1,027.66 

Archives Committee 100.00 100.00 

Regalia— Grand Z 350.00 254.41 95.59 

Testimonial— Grand Z 350.00 350.00 

V.T.B.F.— Admin. Expenses .50 *.50 

Loss on Sale of Bonds 475.00 *475.00 

Scholarship and Bursary 

Expenses 47.79 *47.79 

28,357.00 30,031.12 1,674.12 

Office Equipment 3,250.00 3,245.50 4.50 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE $31,607.00 $33,276.62 $1,669.62 


Schedule "1" 


As at February 28, 1966 

.lances — March 1, 1965: 
Capital $57,085.78 

Unexpected Income 12,927.84 


Donation from Estate of R. J. Lewis 10,000.00 

Bank Interest 201.29 

Bond Interest 2,565.32 

Amortization of Bond Discount 308.51 


Less: Amortization of Bond Premium 29.72 


Benevolence 1,800.00 

Transfer of Unexpended Income to Scholarship 

and Bursary Fund 12,000.00 

Balances— February 28, 1966: 

Capital 67,085.78 

Unexpended Income 2,173.24 


Cash in Bank $ 1,478.89 

Accrued Interest ..:. 652.86 


Government of Canada— 4 V 2 %— 1983 11,700.00 

Government of Canada — 2%% — 1968 8,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3%— 1966 3,000.00 

National Trust Co.— 6%— 1970 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 2%%— 1968 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario— 3% — 1977 1,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 4 V 2 %— 1967 6,500.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario— 3 %'%— 1979 2,000.00 

Chartered Trust Co.— 5V 2 %— 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp.— 5*4%— 1969 3,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mtg.— 5%%— 1968 21,000.00 


Deduct: Unamortized Discount $1,082.99 

Less: Unamortized Premium 10.26 






$ 2,131.75 



Schedule "2" 
As at February 28, 1966 

Balance— March 1, 1965 $21,366.70 


Interest on Investments $770.00 

Amortization of Bond Discount 6.25 

Bank Interest 19.08 

Life Memberships and Honorary 

Memberships Issued 960.00 


Deduct — Life Membership Dues 1,427.50 

Balance— February 28, 1966 $21,694.53 



Cash in Bank $ 155.36 

Due from Chapters 40.00 

Accrued Interest on Investments 256.67 


Metropolitan Toronto — 3y 2 %— 1975 22,000.00 



Remittances from Chapters re Honorary or 
Life Memberships to be accepted when 
provisions of Constitution have been ad- 
hered to 80.00 

Due to General Fund 677.50 


5 $21,694.53 


As at February 28, 1966 

Balance— March 1, 1965 $303.29 

Add — Bank Interest 9.42 

Less — 1965 Dues transferred to General Fund and credited to 

Chapter's Accounts 39.75 

Balance— February 28, 1966 $272.96 

Cash in Bank $272.96 


Schedule "4" 
As at February 28, 1966 

Transfer from Unexpended Income of Victory Thanksgiving 

Benevolent Fund of Grand Chapter $12,000.00 


Interest on Investments $ 353.70 

Donations 1,961.30 



Scholarships 1,500.00 

Loss on Sale of Goods 182.75 



Cash in Bank $ 2,179.25 

Accrued Interest on Investments 153.00 


Province of Ontario — 3%— 1977 $7,000.00 

Government of Canada — 4V 2 %— 1983 3,300.00 



Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred Scott, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Investment Committee be received. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures for the 

year ending February 28, 1966, and submits the following analysis in 

support thereof: 

Printing Proceedings $1,766.81 

Printing, general 575.10 

It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed at 
the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 1966-67: 

Printing Proceedings $1,800.00 

Printing, general 600.00 

Printing for resale 500.00 

Fraternally submitted, 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, Chairman 
R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Gray 
R. Ex. Comp. A. Jefkins 
R. Ex. Comp. B. Lamont 
R. Ex. Comp. D. D. M. Peebles 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. D. D. M. Peebles, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. D. Welhsm, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Printing Committee be received 
and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
Your Committee reports the following investments: 


Province of Ontario, 3% Oct. 15, 197, Registered $ 4,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Comm., 4% July 15, 1974, Registered 6,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Comm., 3V 2 % Oct. 15, 1979, Registered 28,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 % Sept. 1, 1983, Registered 17,500.00 

City of Metro. Toronto, 3V 2 % May 2, 1975, Registered 3,000.00 

Sterling Trust Crop. G.T.C., 5&% Oct. 1, 1966 2,000.00 



Province of Ontario, 3% Nov. 1, 1966, Registered $ 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 2%% July 15, 1968, Registered 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, 3% Oct. 15, 1977, Registered 1,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Comm., 4 1 ,4% Nov. 1, 1967, Registered 6,500.00 

Hydro Electric Power Comm., 3V 2 % Oct. 18, 1979, Registered 2,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 2%% June 15, 1968, Registered 8,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 % Sept. 1, 1983, Registered 11,700.00 

Chartered Trust Co., 5V 2 % Nov. 26, 1967 2,000.00 

Sterling Trust Corp. G.T.C., 5^% Jan. 1, 1969 3,000.00 

Canada Perm. Mort. Corp., 5%% Aug. 15, 1968, Registered 21,000.00 

National Trust Co. Ltd. G.I.C., 6% Nov. 16, 1970, Registered 9,000.00 

Total $68,200.00 
City of Metro. Toronto, 3V 2 % May 2, 1975, Registered $22,000.00 


Transferred from V.T.B. Fund: 

Province of Ontario, 3% Oct. 15, 1977, Registered $ 7,000.00 

Dominion of Canada, 4V 2 % Sept. 1, 1983, Registered 5,000.00 

Total $12,000.00 
Sold— Dom. of Canada, 4V 2 % Sept. 1, 1983 1,700.00 

Total $10,300.00 

GRAND TOTAL $161,000.00 

There has been a considerable change in the investments since the 
last report was presented, particularly in the Victory Benevolent Thanks- 
giving Fund. It all started last April, when we transferred $8,000.00 
Province of Ontario 3% Bonds and $4,000.00 Dominion of Canada Bonds 
to the Bursary and Scholarship Fund, and $9,000.00 Province of Ontario 
Bonds, matured. To this $9,000.00 was added $2,000.00 uninvested cash 
and $10,000.00 received from the Reginald Lewis Estate and the total 
of $21,000.00 was invested in Canada Permanent Mortgage Certificates 
maturing in 1968. 

On Nov. 2nd, 1965, the Province of Ontario Bonds, in the amount 
of $9,000.00, formerly shown as maturing in 1969, matured, and the 
money was reinvested in National Trust Co. 6% Guaranteed Investment 
Certificates maturing in 1970. 


In spite of all these changes the overall total in the V.T.B.F. re- 
mains the same as last year. 

Another change occurred in the General Fund when $5,000.00 
Dominion of Canada Bonds (4V 2 % Sept. 1, 1983) were sold to raise 
money for the Grand Chapter Office improvement. The amount re- 
ceived was $4,525.00, plus interest for 162 days in the amount of $99.86 
or a total of $4,624.86. 

In the Scholarship & Bursary Fund $1,700.00 Dominion of Canada 
Bonds were sold to administer the purpose of the fund and the reduc- 
tion is noted above. 

I once again acknowledge with grateful thanks, the assistance 
given by the Grand Council, Grand Scribe E., and the Grand Treasurer. 

Fraternally submitted, 



Moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by Most Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the Auditor's Report be received and adopted. 



The Grand First Principal, Officers and members of the Grand 
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

We the committee of Warrants and Dispensations feel sure we 
were carefully selected by the Most Excellent The Grand First 

I am sure you will agree that this Committee have performed their 
duties with honour to this Grand Chapter and a credit to themselves. 

There were no requests for our services during the past year. The 
members were ready and willing to serve, should the need arise all of 
which are respectfully and fraternally submitted. 



E. C. WOOD (Chairman) 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. E. C. Wood, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, and — 

Resolved — That the report on Warrants and Dispensations be re- 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Companions of Grand 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: Greetings — 

Your Ccmmittee on Grievances and Appeals, having received no 
cases in this connection, take pleasure in reporting that, apparently, 
peace, harmony and happiness prevail throughout our Grand Juris- 

Respectfully submitted. 



A. G. N. BRADSHAW, Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Fortch, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
John L. House, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee 02 Grievances and 
Appeals be received. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Mem- 
bers of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee has reviewed the address of our Grand First Prin- 
cipal, Most Excellent Companion James E. Girven, and immediately as- 
sociates itself with his expression to the Principals' Association, To- 
ronto Districts 8 and 8A, for the effort put forth to ensure the success 
of this Grand Chapter Convocation and the comfort of all attending it. 

We share with him in his welcome to our distinguished guests from 
other sister jurisdictions in Canada and the United States of America, 
and particularly to our Grand Master. Most Worshipful Brother and 
Companion the Honorable James N. Allan. 

Our Grand Master, because of his dedicated service to the peoples 
of Ontario, has gained for himself a reputation and stature rarely, if 


ever, surpassed by others. He likewise has applied himself with equal 
diligence and industry to his heavy responsibilities as our Grand Mas- 
ter and he has constantly set a pattern which all Masons may well 
endeavour to emulate. We are proud to be associated with our Grand 
First Principal in his pledge of loyalty and devotion to our Grand 
Master and to the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

We are delighted that once again we are honored with the presence 
of our Grand Secretary, Most Worshipful Brother and Excellent Com- 
panion Ewart G. Dixon. The contributions and value to Masonry in its 
many spheres of this notable Mason can truly be never properly 
assessed. Suffice it to say that he has gained national and international 
renown and we likewise, with our Grand First Principal, express deep 
appreciation for the ever ready counsel and advice which he willingly 
continues to give. 

We join with our Grand First Principal in his tribute of remem- 
brance to these dedicated and devoted companions who, since our last 
Grand Chapter Convocation, have passed to the Grand Chapter above. 
We likewise deplore the loss by death of many distinguished com- 
panions from our sister jurisdictions. We observe his particular refer- 
ence to the death of Right Excellent Companion Irvine Lawrence Rob- 
ertson, Grand Superintendent of New Ontario District No. 15, who died 
suddenly on December 4th last, and also Right Excellent Companion 
Albert Jarvis, who was a valuable member of Grand Chapter's Benevo- 
lent Committee, and join with the Grand Z. in an expression of sym- 
pathy to their families. 

We observe that our Grand First Principal has travelled many 
miles during his first year of office and wherever he has been, obvious- 
ly the already established reputation of our Grand Chapter has been 
enhanced and its lustre increased. It is worthy of note that he has 
travelled from the East coast to the West coast — namely, a visitation 
to the Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia and 
also that of the Grand Chapter of British Columbia. We concur most 
heartily with his opinion that only through, personal visitations, par- 
ticularly at chapter level, can we ascertain the strength and weaknesses 
and problems which are now giving so much concern in all spheres of 
Masonic endeavour. 

We agree, and from past experiences realize, that conflicting dates 
and other circumstances m^ke it impossible for the Grand First Prin- 
cipal to accept all invitations received by him. However, we would 
advocate the continuance of his policy that wherever feasible he 
arrange for some Grand Chapter officer to act in his stead. 

This Committee notes with joy the four dedications of new chapter 
rooms during the past year and we believe this is an encouraging sign 
that in some areas there is a resurgence in Craft and Royal Arch 

We are most pleased to observe his referer-ce to a 60 year Royal 
Arch Mason's Jewel presented to Companion William H. Lytle. a mem- 
ber of Corinthian Chapter, No. 36 (the Grand Z's mother chapter). 

We likewise note his reference to Excellent Companion Elgin 0. 
Awde, who was awarded his 59 year Installed First Principal's Jewel, 
moreover, a large number of companions, many of whom are Past 
Grand Chapter Officers, who have received Jewels indicative of 50 
years' service as a Royal Arch Mason. This eaually applies to those 
Past Principals of manv chapters who have been presented with 25 
year Past Principal's Jewels. 

The dispensations granted bv the Grand 7. have been carefully 
reviewed at the Grand Chapter office and found to be constitutionally 
correct and are, therefore, approved. 


We likewise note that amendments to bylaws received from 21 
constituent chapters have been approved by the Grand Z. and this is 
further proof that chapters continue to be alert to the demands of con- 
stitutional requirements which need change in chapter bylaws. 

We are most pleased that the Grand Z. has not failed to express 
his personal commendation and appreciation to the Royal Arch Welfare 
Committee of Toronto Districts 8 and 8A for its unceasing efforts to 
bring happiness and comfort to senior citizens and the older age group 
of veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital, We join with him in his grateful 
acknowledgment to the efforts of this committee. 

Likewise, we observe his reference to the special welfare work in 
the field of retarded children by the companions of Mount Sinai Chap- 
ter No. 212, Toronto. A large number of devoted companions of this 
Chapter have given limitless time and effort which has gained for them 
not only acknowledgment at all levels of direction, but the love and 
affection of those children to whom their whole-hearted service is 

We approve of our Grand Z's appointment of Right Excellent Com- 
panion Bryan Alford as the Grand Representative of Finland near the 
Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario and congratulate 
him on his choice. 

This Committee also notes information on the progress of the 
Masonic Instruction Committee and congratulates him on the new mate- 
rial which has been made available at chapter level during the past 
year. We note his observation that some districts have not put forth 
satisfactory endeavours in the field of Masonic instruction and note 
with pleasure his intention to stimulate them to greater efforts during 
the coming year. 

We are glad to observe his reference to Grand Chapter office equip- 
ment, particularly that Grand Chapter records are now complete, 
furthermore up to date, although there is still a great deal of work to 
be undertaken in connection with Kardex cards, which he anticipates 
will be completed during the forthcoming year. We join with our Grand 
Z. in his expresson of gratitude to Right Excellent Companion Joseph 
A. Hearn and the members of his Special Committee on office equip- 

We congratulate the Grand Z. for the diligent and aggressive pro- 
gram he has personally adopted with reference to the scholarship and 
bursary project of Grand Chapter. It is our hope that the companions 
of Grand Chapter will accept his challenge to give financial support, 
thus enabling expansion of the work of this important Grand Chapter 
committee, and by so doing become a more vibrant, active force in our 
Masonic community. 

We note with deep concern his reference to membership and that 
this Grand Chapter during the past 7 years has lessened its member- 
ship by 1,364. We urge the companions to heed his exhortation to stem 
this apparently continuing loss by ensuring good programming and 
attractive chapter convocations, thus creating a desire in all companions 
to make an individual endeavour to attract new members. 

We note with a degree of apprehension our Grand Z's report cover- 
ing the Board of inquiry he found it necessary to appoint regarding 
certain alleged circumstances existing in the Royal Arch Chapter of 
St. Andrews and St. John No. 4. We are pleased to observe that the 
Board of inquiry exonerated the First Principal of the Chapter from 
the offensive charge. However, we concur with his conclusion that, 
after complete consideration of the evidence submitted to him, he will 
direct that proper Masonic charges be made and the whole matter be 
referred to the Committee of Grievances and Appeals for their consid- 


eration and recommendation, should he finally decide that the evidence 
warrants this action. 

Because of its past experience, this Committee fully understands 
the disappointment of our Grand Z. in that he has not been able to 
approve some programs submitted for his consideration because they 
do not meet constitutional requirements. Moreover, he has found con- 
flicuon in Grand Chapter's constitution, which he believes should be 
rectified. We therefore approve his decision to seek the Grand Execu- 
tive Committee's approval that he be given authority to appoint a 
special Grand Chapter committee to review the constitution and make 
recommendations to Grand Chapter accordingly. 

We note his reference to the important field of publicity, more- 
over, that Grand Lodge, in its wisdom, has established a Fublic Rela- 
tions Committee, which is serving a very good purpose. We note he 
intends to recommend to the Executive Committee that he be given 
the necessary authority to appoint a special Grand Chapter committee 
on public relations and we approve the Grand Z's proposed action in 
this connection. 

We congratulate our Grand First Principal on the new challenge 
he has given all of us, and while we would exhort all companions within 
the jurisdiction to accept this challenge, to do so in a practical manner 
and not merely by a mental resolve. He so rightfully informs us that 
merely conferring Degrees does not in itself make a Royal Arch Mason. 
What is more important is that we point out the path for new com- 
panions to follow, thus help to narrow future exits from our chapters, 
demonstrate that companionship is of greater importance than mere 
temporal or social values and that we convince, not only our com- 
panions, but particularly at community and even national level, of the 
true significance and value of Royal Arch Masonry. 

Finally, we are most pleased he approaches the forthcoming year 
with a great feeling of confidence and ontimism and this Committee 
recommends that all companions within the jurisdiction make an honest 
effort to support him so that our Grand Z. may. one year hence at the 
completion of his term of office, share with the membership of our 
Jurisdiction the great joy of achievement that the fruition of his objec- 
tives and ambitions will bring. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 








M. A. SEARLE, Chairman 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's Ad- 
dress be received and adopted. 


To the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee was not able to carry out it-; expected program 
for the past year, due mainly to their not being able to arrange the 


required meeting at Grand Chapter office, so that the various books 
and documents could be examined at length. With the new changeover 
of Grand Chapter office procedures and records it is now recommended 
that the obsolete records be examined and if necessary repairs made 
or that certain portions be re-copied for preservation. 

The repair or restoration of the several books mentioned in an 
earlier report is also recommended. 

A. G. N. Bradshaw 
L. J. Gent 

B. S. Scott — Chairman 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That V. Ex. Comp. George Elms be Grand Archivist. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

For the year just completed your Committee is pleased to report 
that, a great advance has been made in the promotion of Masonic 
Instruction and Education, throughout this great jurisdiction. 

During the year this Committee assisted in producing a compre- 
hensive Manual of Instruction, clarifying many of the parts of THE 
WORK which may have been subject to more than one interpretation. 
This Manual has been very well received, and we have been informed 
from several Districts that this Manual of Instruction has been used 
to great advantage, and wonderful success in conducting Lodges and 
Chapters of Instruction, and has done much towards obtaining uniform- 
ity in the Conferring of the several Degrees. 

Many of the Lessons on the various Degrees, which we have pro- 
duced, are now very much in demand and it is reported that the Com- 
panions in the Chapters where these papers have been read, have be- 
come very interestd and are asking for more. Visitors to these Chap- 
ters are now interested and are reouesting copies. A new set will be 
produced in the forthcoming year, also re-runs of the former sets. 

A Manual "Guide and Quick Reference for Scribes E", was also 
produced and published during the year. The reports are that this is 
a blessing to the Chapter Scribes, and fulfils a long want. The reports 
are indeed gratifying. 

This Committee is also studying the Manual of Instruction for 
Chapter Officers. It is hoped, among other things, to add a complete 
section on "The Conduct of, and Procedure at Meetings"; which we 
hope will unify the procedure in the conduct of business and form of 
discussion and debate in our Chapters and clear much of the confusion 
that now exists. Provided the Principals make it a point of studying 
the instructions. 

In the forthcoming year this Committee of Instruction hopes to 
further develop the reauests for our services by making several visits 
to the backward Districts. 

It may be necessary, in the very widespread areas, to introduce 
some Sub-Committees to further our work, however we are investigat- 
ing this possibility, and will make a very intensive survey before mak- 
ing any suggestions, or changes. 

We have received a great deal of assistance throughout the past 
year from many of the District Superintendents in the advancement 


of our programme, and we take this opportunity of offering our thanks 
to those worthy Masons for their work. We hope these Excellent Com- 
panions will continue to help in this great work. 

In the near future we hope to get closer liaison with the Chapter 
Principals by Bulletins concerning their work and function, and by 
direct assistance and instruction. 

While we have made a wonderful forward progress in the past 
year, we do not intend to stand still; but will strive onward and up- 
ward towards the pinnacle of accomplishment. 

The rushing winds purify the air; only running water is pure; and 
the holy man, if there be such, is the one who loses himself in persist- 
ent, useful effort. By working for all, we secure the best results for 
self, and when we truly work for self, we work for all. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

BRYAN ALFORD, Vice-Chairman 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Porteh, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Masonic Instruction Committee be 


Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Porteh, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle be elected Grand 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of 

the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of 


Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

This committee was formed to study, review and recommend a 
suitable project (or projects) to stimulate the interest and devotion of 
all Royal Arch Masons — something tangible to believe in and work for. 

It was our belief that we should advance our thinking and bring 
it up to date with the ^irnes. Create something which would give every- 
one — personal pride of accomplishment — something in which each Royal 
Arch Mason could take part in and be proud of. 

The subject was given much thought and consideration by your 
committee and it was felt that the Student Bursary Fund should be 
our primary concern. That it does present a tremendous personal chal- 
lenge and that it is an effort in which everyone could and should be 
very proud. 

In order that this project be effective, it was felt that each Royal 
Arch Mason should take on personal responsibility for the effective 
publicity and promotion of this work. Certainly the individual support 
of each Royal Arch Mason must be assured if we, as one of the great 
Branches of Freemasonry, are to succeed in this thrilling and most 
important work. 

Your committee urges you to begin now 

— make the districts in which you live aware of this great Capitu- 
lar Masonic effort. 

^ — reawaken the membership, for this great challenge and oppor- 
tunity to Masonic service, which is theirs. 


Wordsworth has said — 

"Enough, if something from our hand have power. 
To live and act and serve the future hour". 

God grant that every Royal Arch Mason may get a true vision of 
this great endeavour which has been initiated; and give us the courage, 
the inspiration and the will to make it grow and blossom into a great 
and enduring philanthropy. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

FRASER HAY, M.D., Chairman 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Projects Committee be 
received and adopted. 

To the Most Excellent Grand "Z"., Officers and Members of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario: 
Most Excellent Grand "Z". and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications 
for Relief submitted by the various Chapters and we recommend that 
Grants be authorized, from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, 
to the following, for the coming Grand Chapter year: 
Chapter Grant in Favour of Amount 

8 Widow of Companion John Lyon $ 200.00 

18 Companion Edward Sidney Coppins 200.00 

53 Daughter of Comp. John Sinclair 200.00 

88 Companion Alex. B. Hunter 200.00 

145 Daughter of Comp. James Curry 200.00 

246 Companion Blake Fullerton 200.00 


We further recommend that an amount of $600.00 be provided for 
Interim Relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Convocation of 
Grand Chapter. 

Your Committee is especially pleased to recognize the generosity 
of our late Most Excellent Companion R. J. Lewis for his splendid gift 
from his estate of $10,000 to the Capital fund of our Victory Thanks- 
giving Benevolent Fund, which is gratefully appreciated. 

Your Committee is also pleased to report that they have revised 
the forms for making application for Benevolence. The new forms are 
available from the Grand Scribe E. on application. We strongly recom- 
mend that the rules prescribed bv Grand Chapter with respect to Ap- 
plications for Relief be fully complied with. 

The sudden passing of R. Ex. Companion Albert Jarvis, a valued 
member of our Benevolent Committee, on March 3rd last, was a severe 
shock to all who knew him. His untiring zeal for Masonry, his pleasing 
personality and his devotion to his high ideals enriched the lives of all 
whom he contacted. It was an honour to be numbered among his friends. 
His memory will long remain with us. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

F. W. DEAN, P.G.Z.. Chairman. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and— 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Benevolence be re- 
ceived and adopted. 



Moved by M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. H. Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Benevolence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for the respective years: 

R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch — retires 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean— retires 1968 

M. Ex. Comp. B. H. Smith— retires 1969. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is my signal honor and pleasure to submit the first report of this 
important Grand Chapter committee. 

It may be well at the outset to refer briefly to the events leading 
ud to the formation of this Committee at the 1965 annual convocation 
of Grand Chapter. The then Grand First Principal had appointed a 
special committee to study and make recommendations to Grand Chap- 
ter regarding the unexpended income from dividends and interest re- 
ceived from the Grand Chapter Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 
This committee after exhaustive study recommended that the unexpend- 
ed income from the Grand Chapter Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund, which was then or may be hereafter, be available for the award- 
ing of scholarships and/or bursaries, and submitted for the considera- 
tion and approval of Grand Chapter the following regulations: 


"1. To assist student from High School to enter University. 

2. To continue aid from vear to year to student if scholastic at- 
tainment during the year justifies further assistance. 

3. To make loans to students and to give opportunity for repay- 

4. To consider, when advisable, the creation of a Charitable Trust. 

5. The term of any scholarship or bursary shall ordinarily be for 
one year. Re-appointment from year to vear may be made in the dis- 
cretion of the Scholarship and Bursary Committee, but no re-appoint- 
ment shall be for a longer period than one vear. 

6. Scholarships and bursaries shall be of such annual value as the 
Scholarship and Bursary Committee may determine in each particular 
case and more than one of different amounts may be granted in any 
one year. 

7. Scholarships and/or bursaries may ^p granted to pay tuition 
and fees to any university or federated affiliated college as may be 
determined by the Scholarship and Bursary Committee." 


"Each year from the first of September scholarships and/or bur- 
saries shall be open to the following individuals in the following order 
of priority: 

Ca) Any child of a deceased Royal Arch Mason who at the time of 
his death was a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction of this 
Crand Chapter: 

(b) Any child of a deceased Royal Arch Mason who had been at 


any time a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction of this Grand 

(c) The child of any Royal Arch Mason; 

(d) Any Royal Arch Mason who at the time of application for 
scholarship or bursary is a member of a Chapter under the jurisdiction 
of this Grand Chapter." 

The recommendations and suggested regulations were unanimously 
endorsed by Grand Chapter and the committee accordingly appointed 
is now submitting a report of its activities during the past year. 

Grand Chapter had authorized a transfer of $12,000 worth of bonds 
from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund to the credit of the 
Scholarship and Bursary Fund. Notwithstanding that the Committee 
was optimistic that the companions of the constituent chapters would 
welcome an opportunity of giving financial support to the Fund, it 
rightfully decided at the first meeting of the Committee, held shortly 
after last year's Grand Chapter Convocation, to proceed with caution 
because of the limited amount of finances then available to it. Conse- 
quently, it was decided to limit its awards for the first year to three 
$500 bursaries, realizing that there may be at a later time a necessity 
to give further financial assistance to enable those awarded a bursary 
to continue and eventually complete the necessary period of time at 
an institute of higher learning and gain the required Degree in their 
chosen field of education. 

Your Committee thereupon prepared an application form and in 
June of last year sent a circular letter to the First Principal of all 
constituent chapters, advising of the purpose of the Committee and 
that in due course an application form would be forwarded, and that 
applications would be considered only when submitted by a constituent 
chapter with the signatures of the First Principal and Scribe E. af- 
fixed thereon, together with the chapter seal. Attached to this circular 
letter was a copy of the qualifications and regulations to determine 
awards of bursaries and scholarships. 

In addition, your Committee urged in this circular letter that each 
First Principal appoint a committee, whose sole responsibility would 
be to promote and encourage contributions, emphasizing that only by 
such would the Scholarship and Bursary Fund be able to continue in 
perpetuity, as was the original intent. 

That Grand Chapter exercised sound judgment in endorsing a schol- 
arship and bursary project is best borne out in that fourteen applica- 
tions for bursaries were received prior to September 1st of last year. 
These were carefully screened by your Committee and ultimately bur- 
saries were awarded to those who had filed applications from: 
Bruce Chapter, No. 53 — Petrolia 

Palestine Chapter, No. 54 — St. Thomas 
Covenant Chanter, No. 113— Cornwall. 

Two of the applicants are attending the University of Western 
Ontario and one at Queen's University. When letters of acceptance 
were received from the universities, cheques to the amount of $500 were 
forwarded to the Bursars of the respective universities. It is signifi- 
cant and most gratifying to your Committee, and we believe Grand 
Chapter generallv, that the Bursar of the University of Western On- 
tario stated in his letter of acknowledgment of the bursaries, and I 

"It is a privilege for me to be permitted to express, on behalf of 
the University to you, to your fellow members of your Committee, and 
to the Royal Arch Masons of your Chapter, our profound thanks for 
the support which you are making available to these outstanding 


It is, of course, the intention of your Committee to follow the 
progress of the three bursary winners to ensure the completion of their 
university education should their academic standing justify further 
assistance, thus assuring that Grand Chapter's investment in any bur* 
sary will not be ultimately lost or wasted. This will apply also to future 
bursaries that may be awarded. 

However, what to your Committee is most distressing is that it was 
compelled to deny financial assistance to many other children of Royal 
Arch Masons who were equally in need of financial assistance as those 
to whom the bursaries were awarded, and this only because of limited 
finances available. 

This naturally causes your Committee to report on the response 
made by constituent chapters and their companions. Your Committee 
appreciates that the Grand First Principal in a personal message sent 
to all chapters stressed also the necessity for funds to enable the Com- 
mittee to continue the responsibilities required of it, and expressed 
the hope that a sum of $12,000 would, at least, be donated as a result 
of his personal appeal. Your Committee is constrained to emphasize 
that the response from companions and chapters generally has not met 
with its expectations. It finds that very few chapters have appointed 
a special committee to promote and seek the enthusiastic co-operation 
of all companions. 

There is undoubtedly an erroneous opinion among chapters that 
your Committee is seeking only donations from chapter funds. It must 
be admitted that we would not refuse donations at this level but the 
original intent of the Committee — and it is important that this be borne 
in mind by all chapters — was that this Grand Chapter project would 
excite and create an opportunity to all companions to meet a challenge 
and, above all, to make an individual contribution in effort, to convince 
companions everywhere within the jurisdiction that here is an oppor- 
tunity not only to become more interested in all chapter endeavours 
but to enable our Grand Chapter to feel the great joy of achievement 
in a project which, even after one year's experience, has not only con- 
vinced your Committee of its worthwhileness but, what is more impor- 
tant, is the unquestioned demand for it. 

In December last, your Committee through the media of a circular 
letter to all First Principals of constituent chapters made a further 
appeal and upon the recommendation of the Grand First Principal en- 
closed a pledge form in the hope it would be completed by all chapters 
and returned to the Grand Chapter office, thus supplying information 
which would give your Committee knowledge of its anticipated income 
and thus plan its awards accordingly. 

This further appeal received a response from very few chapters. 
Some, however, replied that because of chapter commitments in various 
avenues no pledge or donation would be forthcoming. 

Your Committee is constrained to say that, notwithstanding any 
financial commitments at chapter level, it is not unrealistic to expect 
that all companions should be prepared to donate at least $1.00 a year, 
or less than 10c each month towards a project which, notwithstanding 
its apparent limitations, has already added to the prestige and lustre 
of Grand Chapter. 

However, your Committee has been stimulated as a result of what 
has been accomplished during the past year but if Grand Chapter 
activity in the field of scholarships and bursaries is to continue in per- 
petuitv, and its awards increased vear bv year, such a goal can only 
be attained commensurate with the activitv and generosity of com- 
panions throughout the jurisdiction. This is a challenge which your 
Committee feels can be and will be met, providing proper programming 
is first found to exist at chapter level. 


There are some questions of a general nature which have been 
posed to your Committee and which it desires to clarify. 

It has been asked can a chapter submit more than one application, 
and the answer to this is in the affirmative. However, it must be 
stressed that it is the responsibility of the chapter when submitting an 
application for particularly a bursary, to prove necessity for financial 

Are individual donations deductible for income tax purposes ? Our 
answer at the moment must be that this is not permissible until the 
fund reaches such proportions that Grand Chapter considers the creation 
of a charitable trust to be advisable. 

Of the bonds, totaling $12,000, which were transferred to the Schol- 
arship and Bursary Fund, $1,700 were sold realizing an amount of 
$1,528.57. The donations received for the Grand Chapter Scholarship 
and Bursary Fund up to the time of preparing this report are as 

John C. Day (in memory of his late wife, Rose) $100.00 

Geoffrey De St. Aldemar Prec 20-0.00 

Kitchener Chapter No. 117 120.00 

Mt. Sinai Chapter No. 212 400.00 

Chantry Chapter No. 130 30.00 

The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 100.00 

Excelsior Chapter No. 45 25.00 

Ionic Chapter No. 168 100.00 

Blenheim Chapter No. 239 25.00 

Aylmer Chapter No. 8L 15.00 

Tyrian Chapter No. 258 40.00 

Ottawa Chapter No. 222 ...: 120.50 

Corinthian Chapter No. 36 250.00 

Granite Chapter No. 61 50.00 

Algonquin Chapter No. 102 50.00 

Prince of Wales Chapter No. 228 20.00 

Atwood Chapter No. 149 57.00 

Bruce Chapter No. 53 50.00 

Laurentian Chapter No. 151 100.00 

Golden Star Chapter No. 254 50.00 

Georgian Chapter No. 56 25.00 

Covenant Chapter No. 113 100.00 

Peel Chapter No. 195 150.00 

St. John's Chapter No. 148 10.00 

Victoria Chapter No. 205 50.00 

Oakwood Chapter No. 233 60.00 

Keystone Chapter No. 72 92.00 

Sussex & St. Lawrence Chapter No. 59 25.00 

Grimsby Chapter No. 69 51.00 

Halton Chapter No. 234 58.00 

Ancient Forntenac and Cataraqui Chapter No. 1 100.00 

Golden Chapter No. 90 50.00 

Orient Chapter No. 79 25.00 

Carleton Chapter 16 250.00 

It will therefore be seen that from the 158 chapters within our 
Jurisdiction only 32 have made donations to the Fund. Surely, my Com- 
panions, it must be agreed that this is not a record consistent with the 
reputation this Grand Chapter has gained for itself because of its 
glorious past. Let us therefore resolve, as we leave this 108th Annual 
Convention, not only to rededicate ourselves to those great fundamen- 
tals and tenets which have ever been the foundation of our Masonic 
structure but, by our own enthusiasm for this great project of Scholar- 


ships and Bursaries, inoculate all companions with a sense of their 
individual responsibility to the Scholarship and Bursary Fund so that 
the hopes and visions of your Committee may be realized — namely, that 
this new field of Grand Chapter endeavour may continue in perpetuity. 

M. A. SEARLE, Chairman 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. Harold Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the following M. Ex. Companions comprise the 
Committee on Scholarship and Bursaries for the respective years: 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden — retires 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean— retires 1968. 

M. Ex. Comp. John L. House — retires 1969. 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett— retires 1970. 

M. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle — retires 1971. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Committee on Awards for Distinguished Service Medal beg 
\eave to report that two applications for this award have been sub- 
mitted for consideration during the past year. 

The first application covered — Comp. A. Bott, Shuniah Chapter, No. 
82, Port Arthur. The second application covered Comp. Thomas Barker, 
Thomas Peters, Chapter No. 250, Windsor. 

Your committee has been pleased to approve these applications. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 



FRASER HAY, M.D., Chairman 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
G. Harold Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Awards for Dis- 
tinguished Service Medal be received and adopted. 

Resolved — That the following Companions comprise the Committee 
on Awards for Distinguished Service Medal for their respective terms: 

M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House — retires in 1967. 

M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw— retires in 1968. 

M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett — retires in 1969. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

After a careful examination of the reports available from the 
Grand Superintendents of fourteen Districts, also from the kind assist- 
ance of the Grand Scribe E., we, your committee, offer this report of 


the condition of Capitular Masonry in the Province of Ontario, for the 
year 1965. 

We learn from Companions where the Grand First Principal has 
been received his message and personality have left a deep impression 
of his dedication to the ideals of the Royal Craft, inspiring a deter- 
mination on the part of the Companions to strive toward a more com- 
plete fulfilment of their Royal Arch obligation in their everyday living. 

Therefore, we can truthfully say that the condition of Capitular 
Masonry in our Grand Jurisdiction, as gleaned from the Statistical Re- 
port and from the remarks made by the Grand Superintendents, would 
indicate, on the whole, a healthful vigor, and a keen interest in the 
work by the Officers of the Chapters across the whole province. Yet 
there is an unfortunate lack of interest shown by the members in gen- 
eral, which results in poor attendance all too freqently at Chapter 
meetings. One must admit that this condition is prevalent today in 
every group or society. Still, we as Craftsmen must resolve as individ- 
ual members to change this condition, and only we can do this. There 
is no substitute for our own responsibility. Every time we sign the 
attendance register, the Chapter is encouraged by our presence, then 
when you meet a Companion who was absent, tell him how you missed 
seeing him at Chapter. It helps both you and him. 

We, your committee, regret to report an actual loss of 248 members 
again this year. In fact, the same number as last year, though the 
figures overall show that progress is being made in the membership 
adjustment where we lose another 268 which leaves our total as 20,996. 
Our loss by death this year is greater, being 503. 

This year we find one District which had no suspensions, three 
Districts show an increase in membership, two districts show a dead 
loss as not one Chapter had an increase, and only one Chapter broke 
even. This is regrettable but not irreparable, Companions, if we truly 
strive for an increase in 1966 we can do it. Let us, first, remind the 
absent Companions that we missed them at the last Chapter meeting 
and would look for them at the next one. Second, appoint a committee 
to assist the Scribe E. with the collection of arrears in dues. A Com- 
panion with a 1966 card will be more liable to remember the Chapter 
meeting and be present. Third, find work for the Companions. Nothing 
stimulates interest like a feeling you are a real part of the Chapter 

At this date, April 21st, we find two District Superintendents who 
have not sent in the Statistical Reports from which we can get a true 
picture of the Chapters' real standing in their District. This is an im- 
provement as last year six had failed to do so. This year we must 
show over $31,487.00 of outstanding dues owing by 1353 members. What 
a help this money would be if it were all paid in and used to benefit 
needy Companions. Already many Chapters report that a helping hand 
has been extended to those in need. The Sick and Visiting Committees 
in our larger centres have brought cheer to many Companions in hos- 
pital, or who have found bereavement or adversity. This is indeed 
Masonry in service, and our thanks go out to those Companions who 
have been so faithful in this important work. 

We are pleased to note that many District Divine Services have 
been held where Companions join in the worship of Him from whom 
cometh all wisdom and strength, and in this world of confusion we each 
will PRAY that strength and courage abundant be given to all who 
work for a world of reason and understanding, that the good that lies 
in every man's heart may day by dav be magnified, that men will come 
to see more clearly, not that which divides them, but that which unites 
them, that each hour may bring us closer to a final victory, not of 


nation over nation, but of man over his own evils and weaknesses, that 
the true spirit of this spring season, its joy, its beauty, its hope, and 
of PEACE be ours, that peace to build and grow, to live in harmony 
above all its abiding faith, may truly live among us, that the blessing 
and sympathy with others, and to plan the future with confidence. 

Masonry's way is slow but ever upward. The more we learn the 
more we habitually come to choose the good and to discover the key 
which opens up the way to moral stability and strength. 

April 25, 1966. 

Today we have received the last two statistical tables and have ad- 
justed the necessary amounts. Now we can show every District report 
complete and commend the Grand Superintendents of 1965-66 for good 
work, square work which we are pleased to receive. 

Ye are builders of this Temple, all your sighs and all your groans 
help to rear its stately structure. All your lives are building stones. For 
this Temple ye must labour, for its sake bear pain and grief, in it 
find the end of living and the anchor of belief. 

In conclusion your Committee wishes to thank the Grand Scribe E. 
for advice and assistance, and you, Most Excellent Sir, for the privilege 
of serving our Grand Chapter on this Committee. 

All is respectfully submitted. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. H. Richter 

Rt. Ex. Comp. M. J. McLeod 

Rt. Ex. Comp. H. G. Blanchard 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith (Chairman) 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Wellington Smith, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
Stanley Portch, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Conditions 
of Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario. 

The Committee^on Finance submits the following report for the 
year ending February 28th, 1966. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and the Grand 
Scribe E for the year ending February 28th, 1966 have been received 
and reviewed by the members of this committee and these reports are 
now being submitted to this Grand Body for consideration. 

These reports have been found complete and accurate in every detail 
and cover all transactions pertaining to the financial position of this 
Grand Chapter for the fiscal vear. All items of receipts and disburse- 
ments in respect to the General Fund, the Victory Thanksgiving Benevo- 
lent Fund, the Grand Chapter Life Membership Fund, the Chapters' 
Life Membership Fund and the Grand Chapter Scholarship and Bursary 
Fund are properly detailed and these reports contain complete sched- 
ules of the securities in which these funds are now invested. 

Exhibit "A" is a balance sheet showing all assets and all liabilities 
of Grand Chapter. It includes all funds which are entrusted to and over 
which Grand Chapter has control. 

The amount owing by constituent Chapters shows a significant de- 
crease from $2027.20 in 1965 to $628.58 in 1966. 

The amount owing from the Grand Chapter Life Membership Fund 
is $677.50. We recommend that as soon as funds are available in the 
I ife Membership's Fund that this amount be transferred to the General 

The details of the receipts and expenditures of the Victory Thanks- 


giving Benevolent Fund are set out in Schedule "1" and show the trans- 
fer of the unexpended income of $12,000.00 to the Scholarship and Bur- 
sary Fund. The details of the receipts and expenditures of the Grand 
Chapter Life Membership Fund and the Chapters' Life Membership 
Fund are set out in Schedules "2" and "3", respectively. 

The details of the receipts and expenditures of the Grand Chapter 
Scholarship and Bursary Fund are set out in Schedule "4" and show the 
receipt of $12,000.00 from the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. 
It is noted that Scholarships to the value of $1,500.00 were awarded 
during the fiscal year. 

The Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account set out in 
Exhibit "B" shows that the expenditure exceeded the revenue by 

Our securities have been examined by the Auditor. They are held 
in a place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter and the present par 
value of all securities is $161,000.00. During the fiscal year $5000.00 
Government of Canada— 4 V 2 %— 1983' Bonds were sold for $4,525.00. 
Part of the proceeds were used in payment of $3,245.50 expended in the 
Capital Account for Office Equipment. 

The committee commends the Grand Scribe E. and his assistant for 
the efficient manner in which the duties of their office are being per- 
formed in connection with this Committee. 

In presenting the budget for 1966 to 1967 an operating loss of 
$2,332.47 has been included. 


Registration Fees $ 2,000.00 

Dues Per Capita 18,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 1,500.00 

Dispensations, Warrants 175.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,000.00 

Interest on Investments and Funds on Deposit 2,500.00 

Total Income $26,175.00 

Loss for period 2,332.47 


Grand Chapter Office 

Grand Scribe E compensation $5,850.00 

Grand Scribe E proposed annuity 500.00 

Office assistant 4,160.00 

Miscellaneous — Telephone, Postage 1,200.00 

Rent 2,500.00 

Canadian Pension Fund 155.00 $14,365.00 

Foreign Correspondence Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 500.00 


Proceedings $1,800.00 

General 600.00 2,400.00 


Grand Z $2,000.00 

General 250.00 2,250.00 


Exp6ns6s : 

Grand Convocation $3,500.00 

Executive Committee 2,000.00 5,500.00 

Special Grant 200.00 

Jewels and engraving 1,000.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Grant to Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Liability insurance 937.47 

Education and Instruction 300.00 

Supplies for resale 500.00 

Regalia repair 80.00 

Total Expenditure $28,507.47 

Your Committee wishes to express to the Grand Z. their apprecia- 
tion for his guidance. The Committee also expresses their thanks to the 
Grand Treasurer and the Grand Scribe E. for help so readily given. 

All of which is respectfully submitted on behalf of the Committee. 

B. C. ALFORD, Chairman. 

FEBRUARY 28th, 1966 

1965-66 1965-66 1966-67 

Budget Actual Estimate 

Fees $ 2,100.00 $ 2,090.00 $ 2,000.00 

Dues 19,000.00 18,459.12 18,000.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,150.00 1,427.50 1,500.00 

Dispensations, Warrants 175.00 176.00 175.00 

Sale of Supplies 2,200.00 1,932.91 2,000.00 

Interest on Investments 2,600.00 2,460.76 2,500.00 

Sale of Histories 16.00 

Surplus Account 3,250.00 

Total Income $28,225.00 $29,812.29 $26,175.00 

Loss for Period $ 132.00 $ 3,464.23 $ 2,332.47 


Grand Chapter Office 

Grand Scribe E compensation $ 

Grand Scribe E proposed annuity 

Office Assistant 

Misc. — Telephone, Postage 


Canadian Pension Fund 

Foreign Correspondence Reviewer 

Audit Fee 


Proceedings 1,600.00 1,766.81 1,800.00 

General 500.00 575.00 600.00 







$ 5,500.00 { 


$ 5,850.00 
























2,100.00 2,341.91 2,400.00 

Grand Z 2,000.00 2,000.00 2,000.00 

General 250.00 225.80 250.00 


2,250.00 2,225.80 2,250.00 

Grand Convocation 3,500.00 3,355.48 3,500.00 

Executive Committee 1,600.00 1,910.50 2,000.00 

5,100.00 5,265.98 5,500.00 

Special Grant 200.00 

Jewels and Engraving 1,000.00 808.41 1,000.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 125.00 

Grant to Masonic Research Assoc 50.00 50.00 50.00 

Liability insurance 932.00 937.47 937.47 

Education and Instruction 5O0.00 885.04 300.00 

Supplies for resale 500.00 1,527.66 500.00 

Grand Z regalia 350.00 254.41 

Regalia repair 80.00 

Grand Z testimonial 350.00 350.00 

Archives Committee 100.00 

V.T.B.F. Expenses .50 

Loss on sale of bonds 475.00 

Scholarships and Bursary Expenses ... 47.79 

28,357.00 30,031.12 28,507.47 
Capital Account 

Office eouipment 3,250.00 3,245.50 

Total Expenditure $31,607.00 $33,276.62 $28,507.47 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. B. Alford, seconded by R. Ex. Comp S. 
Portch, and — 

Resolved That the report of the Committee on Finance be re- 
ceived and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

During the past year many of the Members and Companions of this 
Grand Chapter and those of sister Grand Jurisdictions have passed into 
the presence of Him Who is the Great I Am. As we pause in the delib- 
erations of this Grand Chapter to reflect on the passing of these beloved 
Companions, let us offer up our thanks to Him for the blessings with 
which their lives have endowed us. 

Many of these Companions have laboured long and diligently, and 
have devoted much of their lives to our beloved Order, while others 
have been called to Him in the full bloom of life while yet in the midst 
of their labours. May each receive the full reward promised by the 
Supreme Architect to all His true and faithful Craftsmen. 

They have carried up many a rough ashlar, and under the skilful 
touch of their working tools these rough ashlars have become perfect 
ashlars, stones which now beautify our Temple. It becomes the duty of 
each of us to take up the tools and carry on their work so that their 
labours will not have been in vain. 

While paying our respects to our own departed Companions at this 
time, let us extend our deepest sympathy to our sister Grand Jurisdic- 
tions as they likewise sorrow for their beloved Companions. Although 
many have had distinguished Masonic careers, yet all have been dis- 
tinguished by being Companions of the Holy Royal Arch. To all of 
them we owe a great debt of gratitude for their guidance, brotherly 
love and companionship. 

"Neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, 



nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any 
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God." 
Romans 8; 38, S"9. 

Therefore, I ask you now to rise and pay silent tribute to their 
memory. May God's love enfold them. 

The names of our departed Companions are appended hereto and 
will appear in the proceedings. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted on behalf of the committee. 

REV. JAMES A. PAYTON (Vice-Chairman) 
L. C. EWENER (Chairman) 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Ewener, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. Payton, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 

Of the 987 of our Companions who answered the call to Higher 
Service the following 45 held Grand Chapter rank: 

1 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

4 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

5 V. Ex. Comp. Francis S. Thomson 

6 R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Worral 

7 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

8 V. Ex. Comp. David Munro, R. Ex. Comp. William Holywell 
16 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

19 R. Ex. Comp. James Dickie, R. Ex. Comp. Frank Bellinger Lot- 

22 R. Ex. Comp. Ralph M. Wallace 
30 R. Ex. Comp. Fred T. Armstrong 

35 V. Ex. Comp. Herbert L. Pringle 

36 V. Ex. Comp. Ford Marcus Warren 

40 V. Ex. Comp. Thomas Ernest Cotton 

41 V. Ex. Comp. Percy Vivian L. Pedolin 
54 R. Ex. Comp. William Cunningham 

65 V. Ex. Comp. Howard Bernard Lane 

66 V. Ex. Comp. Dalton L. Reid 

68 R. Ex. Comp. Delbert Dillabaugh 

71 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts, R. Ex. Comp. William 

75 R. Ex. Comp. Murray Stewart Sproat 

76 R. Ex. Comp. Herbert Hughes 

77 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 
79 V. Ex. Comp. Walter Earnest Seeker 
83 V. Ex. Comp. W. Marshall Curry 

91 R. Ex. Comp. Donald Calder 

102 R. Ex. Comp. Irvin Lawrence Robertson, V. Ex. Comp. William 

John Hazelwood 

138 V. Ex. Comp. Reginald Robert Parsons 

140 V. Ex. Comp. Willis Spencer 

145 R. Ex. Comp. William John Johnston 

147 R. Ex. Comp. Fred T. Armstrong 

150 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

163 R. Ex. Comp. Thomas James Mason, V. Ex. Comp. George Ernest 


175 R. Ex. Comp. Albert P. L. Goering, V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Fleming 

212 R. Ex. Comp. Mortimer L. Levy 

213 V. Ex. Comp. Robert Verner Neily 


222 V. Ex. Comp. Alex. Hamilton McKee 

227 M. Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts 

231 R. Ex. Comp. Donald Calder, V. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Johnson 

243 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Mosley Spera 

To our sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, The British 
Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, we extend 
sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions: 

M. Ex. Comp. Edgar McDavitt Cober, G.H.P.— 1952 

M. Ex. Comp. William Cole David, G.H.P.— 1939 

M. Ex. Comp. James Raymond Malott, G.H.P.— 1933 

M. Ex. Comp. Milton Edward Blake, G.H.P.— 1936 

M. Ex. Comp. William Andrew Kelly, G.H.P.— 1955 

Sir Knight Clarence P. Watson, Deputy Grand Commander — 1965 

M. Ex. Comp. Edward Delos Sanman, G.H.P.— 1935 

M. Ex. Comp. Gary Burton Forbes, G.H.P.— 1940 

Comp. Edward H. Way, Honorary G.H.P.— 1943 


M. Ex. Comp. Harry E. Freeland, G.H.P.— 1958-1959 

Comp. Wm. M. Washburn, G.H.P.— 1919 

Comp. George J. Ginsberg, G.H.P.— 1935 

Comp. Guy Weston Risley, G.H.P.— 1942 

Comp. Percy Hennington Farmer, G.H.P.— 1939 

Comp. Hippolyte Dabezies, Grand Treasurer — 1939 

M. E. Comp. David Logan Wilson, G.H.P.— 1923-1924 

R. Ex. Comp. George Joshua Goodwin, Grand King — 1929 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander Charles Cabel, Grand Z. — 1956 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Edward Butler, G.H.P.— 1954 

Comp. Ransom H. Lepard, P.G. R.A.C. 

Ex. Comp. Albert Ernest Williams, Grand Orator— 1964-1965 

R. Ex. Comp. Roy George Coverston. Grand King — 1965 

M. Ex. Comp. William Ransom Overfelt, G.H.P.— 1953-1954 


Comp. A. M. Nielson, G.H.P.— 1959 

Comp. Frank E. Woodruff, G.H.P.— 1935 

Comp. Robert Salter, Grand Treasurer Emeritus 

Comp. Samuel Bruce Hildebrand, G.H.P. — 1959 

M. Ex. ComD. Sidney Dillon Burrill, G.H. P.— 1937-1939 

Comp. James Alexander Lathim. Sr., Grand Secretary — 1935-1962 

Comp. Robert Harvey Jellev, G.H.P.— 1956-1957 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Howland Crandon. Grand Z. — 1923 

M. Em. Comp. Richard Willmore Chenoweth, P.F.G.P. 


Comp. Dudley Edgar Cruise, Ex. G.R.A.C.— 1964-1965 
Comp. Ralph Ernest Klingensmith, G.H.P.— 1955-1956 

Comp. Charles Horace Clay, G.H.P.— 1954-1955 


1 Wilton J. Sheppard, James F. Antill, Clarence McL. Pitts, George 
E. Smith, John Henry Allmark, Edward John Simon, Donald P. 
Jarrett, Walter L. Redden, Mackie H. McVeigh, Allan Forsythe, 
William H. Blake. 

2 Floyd Ambrose Green, Marvin W. Angle, Edward A. Peacock, Wil- 
liam Wilson, A. W. Woodhall, L. E. Burley, Alfred Oram, James 
Anderson, George H. Calver, Charles Edward Gavey, Robert Reid, 
Charles Ray Rumohr, John A. Robinson. 

3 Angus Campbell, Harry Oswald Hunt, Byron Carney, Charles Ed- 
ward Sumner, Sidney T. Bending, Archie M. Maxwell, Sr. 

4 Thomas H. Cooke, C. McLeod Pitts, George G. Argo. 

5 Edward Wilkins, Ernest Green, Francis S. Thomson, Frank Baxter, 
Robert E. Brand, Ezra Taleski, Ralph W. Smith, Robert Sam 

6 William D. Fitch, Gordon Worral, Edward Windsor. 

7 Clarence McLeod Pitts, Joseph Chapman, Robert Hope, William Daw- 
son, James Stanley Barber. 

8 William Holywell, David Munro, William Sawyer, Jay Nicholson, 
Harry Blake" Shortt, Roy Willmot. 

15 Charles Emmerson Borthwick, George Vollick, John F. Hoyle. 

16 Mathew T. Tippins, George Wilcox, Robert Henderson, J. D. 
MacLeod, Summerfield J. Black, Clarence M. Pitts, John S. Hall, 
Thomas E. Davis, A. E. B. McDermid, David H. Younghusband. 

18 Percy LeCras, George Scott, Harry Kendall, William B. Skinner. 

19 Arthur Leadley, Robert James Lawler, Oliver Ray Steadman, James 
Dickie, Willard Brule Beaton. Leonard Pratt, David Alexander 
Robson, Frank Bellinger Lottridge, William Henry Eller. 

20 Sharpe Riley, Duncan F. Dempster, John Wood, Wilfred Halligan, 
Lawrence F. Harp. 

22 Alexander MacDonald, Robert Simpson, Ralph M. Wallace, William 
J. Ranson. 

23 Percy H. Grant, William H. Newell, Tom J. Richards, John M. 

24 Ivan Keffer, Frederick Cort, William W. Kidnew, Warren Finch. 

26 David Lott. 

27 William Sawyer, Earl Edwin Prosser. 

28 Robert Allen Ross, Bruce Wallace Company, Thomas Whitsitt. 

29 Rufus B. Harrington, Edwin R. Secord, Francis Alvin Bunt, Gor- 
don Leroy Hall, Frank Fletcher Haney. 

30 Bert C. Weir, Fred T. Armstrong. 

31 Claude Henry Winters, Claude M. MacDonald, Carson Sanfield 

32 T. Hilliard Wholton, Archibald B. Ferguson. 

34 Willard George Clute, Bert Edward Cross, Bertred Garfield Robert- 

35 Theodore King, Herbert L. Pringle, William Davidson. 

36 George Stewart Cameron., Alexander Murray. Charles M. Thornton, 
William H. Lytle, Charles R. Nixon, Ford Marcus Warren, Gerald 
M. Stenton, Thomas Hendry, Herbert W. Haigh. 


37 Raymond Leroy Yearwood, Charles Elwood Stephenson, Harold 
John Cephas Beatty, William Morrison McEwen, Frederick Sheldon 
Glover, George Nicol Taylor, Walter Benson Reynolds. 

40 Thomas Alexander E wen, Frederick Whitlock Smallacombe, Thomas 
Ernest Cotton, Leonard H. Dick. 

41 Philip Theodore Fleischer, Harry Stanley Bowman, James Willard 
Ingram, Henry Edward Barret, Percy Vivian L. Pedolin, Dr. Chas. 
C. Cornish, Francis Philip Moulton. 

44 Herman Hamilton Langford, Gordon Craig Faulkner. 

45 Sidney E. Turpin, Wallace B. Onyon. 

47 Joseph Henry Sullivan, J. 0. R. Bremner, Frederick W. Watson, 
Roy F. McKenzie, Arthur M. Cockill. 

48 James Francis Paskins, James Benjamin Temple. 

53 Ivan C. Boges. 

54 Robert Wilbur Johnson, Harry E. Plastow, William Reginald Coul- 
ter, Clarence C. Jolley, Earl Smith, Lome Sears, Roy Farley, 
Claude E. Secord, William Cunningham, Neil Dodd, George Rich- 
ardson Stevenson. 

55 E. W. Field. 

56 William Thomas Kennedy. 

57 William A. Wegrich. 

59 Adiel D. Steacy. James R. MacLaren, A. W. Dawson, Herman F. 
Corr, Bernard Allan, Thomas Richard Jackson. Seymour Wylie, 
John Robert McLennan, H. M. Somerville. 

61 Ben O. Heintz, William J. Saunders. 

62 William London Niddrie, James A. Westwood. 

63 Russell W. McGaw. 

64 John Brown Barclay, John Cameron Stewart, Gladwin K. Bampton, 
Harold F. Hardy. 

65 Frank Ford, Thomas Kingsmill Wade, Howard Bernard Lane, E. 
Earle Shouldice. 

66 Dalton L. Reid. 

67 Charles Davey, Alexander Donaldson, George Oscar Best, Archie 
T. Wilson, Carman McKay. 

68 Delbert Dillabaugh, Roy W. Greer, Sam Render. 

71 William Treganza, Clarence McLeod Pitts, Curtis Tofflemire. 

72 Roger William Meiklejohn, George Victor Taylor. 

73 Wilfrid S. Agar. 

74 Manfred Donley, Murray Cameron. 

75 Wilbert Edward Ford, John H. MacKay, Frederick Hayward, Mur- 
ray Stewart Sproat. 

76 Henry Jacob Learn. Herbert Hughes, Joseph Arthur Whitehead. 

77 Clarence McLeod Pitts, Henry Fee, Harry Robert Gray, John Ed- 
win Richardson, Charles Leslie Ross. 

78 Edward John Stanlake. 

79 George A. Arnold, Gordon Roy Stinson. Thomas A. Johnston, Wal- 
ter Earnest Seeker, George Beine Paris. 

80 William E. Tregenza, John R. Jenkins, Edwin L. Mason, Charles 
Sterling, Arthur Bunney, Harry W. Eaton. 

82 Harold Newton Brown, Joseph Osbourne Milks, James Kelso Shaw, 
John Lyon Parker, Ernest Todd Harling, Paul Jarvi, Douglas Mar- 
ris Fisher, Frederick Hardy. 

83 Dr. William J. Price, W. Marshall Curry, J. Armour McMillan, 
Kenneth Beverley Matthew. 

84 A. J. Busch, Wm. James Elliott, George D. Fowler, Charles Crosset, 
John D. Beecroft. 

88 James H. Dovey, A. Merton Knights. 


90 Joseph Edward Bond, Carl Earnest Plohman, Arthur Graham 

91 Earle Gaukle, Charles Alex. Fraser, John Edward Seaton, Herbert 
Clifton Nicholls, Robert C. Bulloch, Donald Calder. 

94 Allan Woodrow Wilson, Charles Lamb, William Herbert Wood, 
Robert William Groves, Fred J. Horner. 

95 Delmer Herman Andress, Acel Hilton Abell, Isaic Smith, Edward 
John Cleland, Wilfred John Henry Bray, Edward Willie Miller, 
Lincoln Gerald Stump, Colin Stanley Darrach. 

102 William John Hazelwood, Charles 0. Sisler, Irvin Lawrence Robert- 

103 Hamilton Douglas Patterson, Alexander John Lyon, Raymond Alton 
Bailey, John Edward Lavery. 

104 Morley Keegan, F. D. McLean, Robert George Halton. 

112 Delbert J. Dillabough, Clifford Gove, Charles Haley, William B. 
McConnell, Edwin L. Brown. 

113 Frederick E. Eaton, James Service, Donald J. McDonald, William 
Moore, Horace Walker, Robert J. McCleary. 

114 James Gilbert Harkness, Norman Edward Zimmerman, Fred 
Aubrey Clemens, J. H. Boyd Perkins. 

115 Harold K. Wheeler, Thomas Coxall. 

116 Nathaniel C. McAllister, Lawrence E. Pye. 

117 George Buck. 

119 George Alex. Reid, Wm. John Lackey, Finley Randall. 
129 James A. Machan, Reginald L. Gatenby, Roy H. Munro. 
IS'0 Royal Trelford, John B. Farley, William E. Campbell. 

131 Daniel Wyborn, John L. Spence. 

132 Albert William Bristow, Bertram William McConnell, Allen White, 
Francis Hubert Fitzsimmons. 

133 E. H. Bolton. 

135 William G. Cassie, Robert Norman Hogg. 

138 William Thomas Maddocks, William Davie, Reginald Robert Par- 
sons, Arthur Garnet Moore, Clinton Orval Way, John Theodore 

140 Harry Graham, Thomas R. Higgins, Nestor Lehto, Wiggo Ohlgren, 
Milton Leonard Prowse, Willis Spencer. 

143 James A. Steven. 

145 Ernest Edward Reid, Henry Albert Hague, Albert W. Neale, Arthur 
Croft, Percy Fleming, Alexander Murray, Clarence McLeod Pitts, 
Joseph William Wallace, Harold Graham Scott, John Henry Har- 
mer, Middleton Mann Elliott, William John Johnston, Ross Shep- 
pard, Chester McLeod Dies, James Miller Kyle, Eldridge Whiting 

146 Frank Boyd. 

147 Fred T. Armstrong. 

148 William J. Thorne. 

150 Joseph Henry Langford, George N. Bardawill, Frederick Wm. 
Currie, John Clifford Weitzel, Charles Tinsley, Clarence M. Pitts. 

151 Allan Rhea Singleton, Frank Weldon Beatty. 

152 William E. Preston, William Wright, John A. Johnston, Andrew J. 
' Davis, Robert J. Prentice, Adam P. Mitchell. 

153 Allen Perry Brander. 

155 Thomas Calder, Gordon Dorr, Percy Revill, Robert Norton. 
161 William Connor, Calvin Tanner. 

163 George Ernest Dodd, Edgar E. Ritcey. Alonzo H. Gault, Thomas 
James Mason, Albert W. Stallworthy, Edward Ernest Watson. 

164 Ronald E. Beattie. 


167 Harvey Edward White, Thomas Boyce Hurst, Headley Victor Car- 
nahan, Frank Douglas Harpell, W. R. Benson, John Alonzo Mc- 

168 Rae Williams, Lyle Hartford, Fred Davidson Peake. 

169 Stewart Francis. 

175 Hugh M. Dunlop, Albert P. L. Goering, Robert P. McBride, Andrew 
Brodie, Joseph Fleming. 

195 Joseph W. Mitchell, J. E. F. Lindner. 

198 Charles D. Hatley, Robert Swinton, John Henry Hines, John Pat- 
terson Todd, Veldon Osborne Carter. 

205 George Robinson, William Harvey. 

210 James Albert Mitchell, Jacob Steen. 

212 Mortimer L. Levy, David Davidson, Louis L. Winter. 

213 Charles G. Kemsley, John F. W. Anderson, John Brown, John Mor- 
rison, Robert Verner Neily, W. 0. Langdon, Dayton Ostrosser. 

215 Thomas Staunton, Percy Fleming, William Clements. 
217 Ernest N. White, William E. Griffiths, Fred Carter. 

219 Alexander Black. 

220 John Burnaby Thompson, Wolfgang Hartig. 

221 Samuel M. Patterson, David Bradshaw Jamieson. 

222 Alfred Montague Merritt, William August Kruger, Charles True- 
man Tuck, Clarence McLeod Pitts, Wilfred James Smiley, Harvey 
Harry Sanders, Alex. Hamilton McKee, Robert Joyce Day. 

223 Kasper Leckner, Allen E. Stevens. 

224 Robert W. Braid. 

225 Thomas Johnston, Harry Broadbent, Bruce E. Mode, John E. Mc- 
Fadden, Alexander Spalding. 

226 George Ryder, Earl Loucks, John Robert Jordan, Archie Lefler. 

227 Herbert O. Walkom, Clarence M. Pitts, R. Nelson Hannah, Wallace 
D. Embury. 

231 William Manos, Arthur E. Johnson, Fred Green, Donald Calder. 

232 John Charles Simpson, Joseph Whitely. 

233 Harry Broadbent. 

234 Wakefield Ford, Ernest James Smith. 

238 Fortunato Dapueto, George Byway, Clifford L. Evans, James D. 

McCartney, Milton R. Robinson, Robert G. McKitterick. 
243 Wm. Mosley Spera, Wm. Harry Boden, Wm. Fraser Tregaskis. 

245 Henry Haskins. 

246 Charles Reginald Todd. 

247 Morris Lansdell, Joseph McLaren, William Russell Awcock, Rus- 
sell Edward Grover. 

250 James Robert Brov/n, Ray Baker Thompson, Robert D. Bowes, 
Percy Capsticks, Charles Taylor, Arthur James Darling,. Archibald 
Henry MacQuarrie, William Henry Russell. 

251 James Robb. 

252 Harry Beith Hutcheson, Rayburne Baird Janes, John Stanley 
Breakey, Charles Alwyne Bazeley. 

253 Alex. D. MacPherson. 

254 Henry H. Ross, Alfred E. Batho. 

255 William Thomas Jeffery. 

257 Lome Robert Wright, Ulric Dalphond, Robert A. Ogilvie. 

258 Harold John Carson. 
260 Elmer Waite. 

263 Ernest E. Reid, Theodore G. Seguin, David Hoey 




Grand Chapter was "Called off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m. to permit the 
delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the officers of 
Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was "Called on" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 


At the one hundred and eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario, 
held in the Royal York Hotel, city of Toronto, Ontario, on April 26th 
and 27th, 1966, the following officers and committees were elected and 
appointed: — 
M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven Grand Z. f 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand H.J Council 

R.R.#2, 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ontario. *i Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon Grand J. 

30 Spetz St., Kitchener, Ontario. V. 


R. Ex. Comp. Rev. James A. Payton Grand Chaplain 

82 Dundas St. East, Trenton, Ontario. 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert John Hamilton Grand Scribe E. 

514 Temple Bldg., 62 Richmond St. W., Toronto 1, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Daniel Cooper Grand Scribe N. 

3505 Longfellow Ave., Windsor, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ephraim Hudson Grand Principal Sojourner 

161 East Ave. S., Hamilton, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Irving Ingles Grand Registrar 

28 Yeomans Rd., Downsview, Ontario. 


R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait. Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie. 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ontario. 
R. Fx. Comp. Bryan C. Alford, 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto 15, 


( Members of the Executive Committee bv Virtue of Office) 

St. Clair District No. 1 R. Ex. Comp. George E. Turner, 

2281 Victoria Ave., Windsor, Ontario. 

London District No. 2 R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey, 

510 Southdale Rd., London. Ontario. 

Wilson District No. 3 R. Ex. Come John Otto Meckbach, 

482 McQueen St.. Woodstock, Ontario. 

Wellington District No. 4 R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Thomas Flint, 

22 Extra St.. Guelph, Ontario. 

Hamilton District No. 5 R. Ex. Comp. John Daniel Calder, 

R.R. No. 1. Ancaster. Ontario. 

Huron District No. 6 R. Ex. Comp. Orville Garfield Oke, 

Seaforth, Ontario 


Niagara District No. 7 R. Ex. Comp. Herman Stanley Winkworth, 

44 Phipps St., Fort Erie, Ontario. 

Toronto East District No. 8 R. Ex. Comp. Albert Baldwin, 

469 Main St., Toronto 13, Ontario. 

Toronto West District No. 8A R. Ex. Comp. Albert G. Sullivan, 

52 Cumberland Dr., Port Credit, Ontario. 

Georgian District No. 9 R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Sidford Hudson, 

302 Minnesota St., Collingwood, Ontario. 

Ontario District No. 10 R. Ex. Comp. James Arthur Bird. 

Codrington, Ontario. 

Prince Edward District No. 11 R. Ex. Comp. Burton Woodbeck, 

13 Wellington St., Stirling, Ontario. 
St. Lawrence District No. 12 R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Alexander Barnard, 

Spencerville, Ontario. 

Ottawa District No. 13 R. Ex. Comp. Fred Fairfield, 

6 William St. W., Smiths Falls, Ontario. 

Algoma District No. 14 R. Ex. Comp. Philip Sixten Moline, 

Box 244, Dryden, Ontario. 
New Ontario District No. 15 R. Ex. Comp. Albert James Mellis, 

R.R. No. 3, Anita Ave., North Bay, Ontario. 

Temaskaming District No. 16 R. Ex. Comp. Alex Bowman, 

Box 763, New Liskeard, Ontario. 


By Special Resolution of Grand Chapter the One Hundred and 
Ninth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario will be held at the Royal York 
Hotel, Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, on Monday, April 24th, 
1967, for the Executive Committee at 11.00 A.M., Tuesday, April 25th, 
1967, Grand Chapter will commence at 10.00 A.M. and continue for the 
rest of the day; Wednesday, April 26th, 1967, Grand Chapter will be 
resumed at 9.30 A.M. Closing approximately at 1.00 P.M. 


Letters were received conveying greetings and expressing regrets 
for non-attendance from: 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alberta — 

Most Excellent Companion W. B. Ruff, Grand Z. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia — 

Most Excellent Companion T. R. Smalley, Grand Z. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest C. W. Bradley. 
Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons — 

Most Excellent Raymond W. Cunningham, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island and Providence 
Plantations — 

Most Excellent Grand High Priest, Companion Potter H. Niles. 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin- 
Most Excellent Grand High Priest Harold E. Krause. 
The Masonic and Military Order of Knights of the Red Cross of Con- 
stantine, K.H.S. and St. John The Evangelist, Grand Imperial Conclave 
of Canada — 

Herman E. Sullivan, Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign. 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Hampshire — 

Most Excellent Harold L. Johnson, Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio — 

Clair E. Calaway, Most Excellent Grand High Priest. 




To the Most Excellent The Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence is pri- 
vileged to present its report for the year 1965-66. 

Three sets of amendments to Chapter By-laws were received, re- 
viewed and recommended for the approval of the Grand First Principal. 

We were requested to advise whether a Chapter celebrating its 
Centennial could commemorate its Centennial by having a gold braid or 
jewel decoration. Unfortunately, we had to advise that our Constitution 
sets out in Section 287 the extent of commemoration permitted. 

One Past Principals Association enquired whether it was legally 
possible to invite Past Principals and Principals of another Grand Juris- 
diction to become members of its Association. Notwithstanding the 
fact, that the By-laws of that Past Principals Association contained a 
provision permitting that Association to elect honorary members to the 
association with full voting powers, we were of the opinion that the 
point should be cleared with the sister Grand Jurisdiction before open 
invitations were extended. 

One district in our Grand Jurisdiction conceived an idea which could 
have revolutionized and revitalized capitulary masonry in this Grand 
Jurisdiction. The submission was placed before this Committee for a 
legal opinion, and we had to advise that our Constitution made no 
provision for this unique step. 

Most of our law, including the Criminal Code, and many of our 
Statutes, is based, in many instances, on our Holy Bible, not only the 
wording of the Bible but the inherent principles of the Holy Bible: 
interpreted by man from the words, phrases, clauses and verses therein 
contained. Man has proved that he is a progressive creature in every 
field of life. As a result of this progressive nature of man, law through 
the ages, being the instrument of man, has changed to the extent that 
man has made it a progressive science, and the law must be amended 
from time to time to satisfy the requirements of man. Our Constitution 
is the law of our capitulary masonry. 

Our Constitution was last amended as of May 1, 1957. We recom- 
mend that a study be made of our Constitution to determine whether it 
has progressed with the recent accelerated progress of man. To accomp- 
lish this, we recommend that this Convocation authorize the Most Ex- 
cellent the Grand First Principal to appoint a Committee of not more 
than five, two of whom should be, in our opinion, men of legal training, 
to study the Constitution and to recommend to this Grand Chapter the 
amendments necessary to bring the Constitution, the law of our capi- 
tulary masonry to such a perfection that it may more ably serve our 
capitulary masons and mankind. 

This, my Companions, is a summary of our services during the last 
year, and our recommendations. 

.All of which is respectfully submitted. 

LEO, J. GENT, Chairman, 
Committee on Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. G. H. 
Shannon and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Constitutional Laws 
and Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 



M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents 
of the several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according 
to ancient custom. 

M. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven, Grand Z., extended his congratu- 
lations to the newly invested Grand Superintendents, reminding them 
of their duties in connection with their office and wished for them all 
the pleasure their work in office will afford them, impressing upon 
them the responsibility they carry on their shoulders as the represen- 
tative of the Grand First Principal and of Grand Chapter, wishing them 
health and all the help of the Most High. 


It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. G. Harold Shannon, and — 

Resolved — That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario be extended to: 

The Credential Committee, under the direction of R. Ex. Comp. J. 
W. Woodland, for the efficient manner in which they carried out their 

The Scrutineers, under the direction of V. Ex. Comp. E. Jenkins, for 
their services in taking charge of the election of officers; 

General Chairmen and sub-committees who looked after the ar- 
rangements and for their untiring assistance, including the reception 
and entertainment of the delegates and their ladies; 

The Installing Board, under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. Bruce 
H. Smith, and the Past Grand Zs and to all those who have contributed 
to the success of our One Hundred and Sixth Annual Convocation. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp 
James E. Girven: 


R. Ex. Comp. L. C. Ewener, 1308 London Rd., Sarnia, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Everett Wood, 58 Harriet St., Belleville, Ontario. 

R. Ex. Comp. Leo John Gent, Box 783, 21 Catharine St. E., Dorchester, 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon K. Brown, 195 Cross Ave., Oakville, Ontario. 
R. Ex. Comp. George A. Phillips, 39 Daniel St., Smiths Falls, Ontario. 


M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Lecturer 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. H. L. Kesteven Ass't Grand Chaplain 

691 Vaughan Rd., Toronto 10, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. David Miller Gr. Sr. Sojourner 

312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. R. John Brown Grand Jr. Sojourner 

145 Merner Ave., Kitchener, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Thomas F. A. Longthorn Grand Sword Bearer 

185 Centennial St., St. Thomas, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. Dr. D. C. Davey Grand Master 4th Veil 

Clifton Road, Port Hope, Ontario. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. C. W. Parsons Grand Master 3rd Veil 

100 - 302 St. George St., Port Arthur, Ontario. 



















































Comp. Thomas W. Huggins Grand Master 2nd Veil 

512 Ernest, Point Edward, Ontario. 

Comp. Bower F. Forward Grand Master 1st Veil 

41 kiverhead Dr., Rexdale, Ontario. 

Comp. Douglas Kidd Grand Standard Bearer 

Listowel, Ontario. 

Comp. Edgar Cecil Shunk Gr. Dr. of Ceremonies 

904 Hedge Dr., Cooksville, Ontario. 

Comp. Carl R. Kincaid Ass't. Dr. of Ceremonies 

34B Conway Ave., Toronto 10, Ontario. 

Comp. R. C. Pannabecker Grand Organist 

47 Armstrong Ave., Toronto 4, Ontario. 

Comp. W. B. Sutherland Grand Pursuivant 

148 College St., Kingston, Ontario. 

Comp. Clarence L. Shaw Grand Steward 

P.O. Box 60, West Lome, Ontario. 

Comp. Melvin John Karr Grand Steward . 

McCarthy St., Ingersoll, Ontario. 

Comp. Fred Illingworth Grand Steward 

430 Duke St., Preston, Ontario. 

Comp. Cecil Robert Smith Grand Steward 

97 Highcliffe Ave., Hamilton, Ontario. 

Comp. Howard Hay Carlaw Grand Steward 

Box 213, Paisley, Ontario. 

Comp. Lionel Lymburner Grand Steward 

3 John St., Grimsby, Ontario. 

Comp. George Middleton Grand Steward 

48 Avondale Ave., Willowdale, Ontario. 

Comp. Bryan James Rodd Grand Steward 

2 -13th Street, Toronto 14, Ontario. 

Comp. Alvin K. Ruddick Grand Steward 

155 Codrington St., Barrie, Ontario. 

Comp. James T. Cochrane Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Coll-orne, Ontario. 

Comp. Percy Elliott Kerr Grand Steward 

115 Queen St., Belleville, Ontario. 

Comp. William S. Weegar Grand Steward 

21 Ottawa St., Morrisburg, Ontario. 

Comp. Richard W. King ... Grand Steward 

319 Albert St. E., Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. 

Comp. Philip E. Wall " Grand Steward 

P.O. Box 38, Main St., Vankleek Hill, Ontario. 

Comp. Horace Arnold Jones Grand Steward 

224 Church St., Box 284, Ansonville, Ontario. 

Comp. John T. Wallace Grand Steward 

3*3 Inwood Ave., Toronto 6, Ontario. 

Comp. D. S. MacLachlan Grand Outer Guard 

800 Vaughan Rd., Apt. C14, Toronto 10, Ont. 

The labors of the Annual Convocation being 
ended, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample 
Form at 12 noon, Toronto, Ontario, Wednes- 
day, April 27, 1966. 

[Robert (John cKamilton 

Grand Scribe E. 


Monday evening, April 25, 1966, the Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. James 
E. Girven invited his Council, P.G.Z's, Executive Committee to a din- 
ner in the Tudor Room, Royal York Hotel, Toronto, to assist him in 
doing honors to his distinguished guests. At the same time Mrs. J. E. 
Girven and her committee entertained the wives and ladies of our dis- 
tinguished guests with a dinner, etc., in the Algonquin Room, Royal 
York Hotel, Toronto. 

Tuesday evening, April 26, 1966, the annual banquet was held in 
the Concert Hall of the Royal York Hotel, approximately 530 Com- 
panions and their ladies being present. Our Grand Z. was the chairman 
and he provided a very interesting program. 

The guest speaker was M. Wcr. Bro. V. Comp. John Irvine, Imme- 
diate Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario who gave a most enlightening and interest- 
ing address on Masonry. The evening was brought to a close by selec- 
tions by the Defasco Choir of Hamilton who were given a standing 
ovation by everyone present. 


R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch Grand H. 

(By virtue of office) 
M. Ex. Camp. James E. Girven Grand Z. 


(By Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C Grand Z. 1943-44 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, O.B.E Grand Z. 1945-46 

R.R. No. 6, Brampton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Z. 1947-48 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand Z. 1951-52 

655 Waterloo St., London, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 1955-56 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 3, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. jMaurice A. Searle Grand Z. 1957-58 

Apt. 501 — 1555 Queen St. E., Toronto 8, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith Grand Z. 1959-60 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett Grand Z. 1961-62 

27 Colwood Rd., Islington, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Fraser Hay, M.D Grand Z. 1963-64 

165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel, Ontario 
M. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Hon. Grand Z. 1957 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 460 Oriole Parkway, Toronto 7, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin S. Scott, 9 Prospect Ave., London, Ontario 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert, 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Bryan C. Alford, 42 Forthbridge Dr., Drownsview, Ontario 
R, Ex. Comp. Frederick Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. F. W. D. Welham, 60 Stewart Smith Dr., Toronto 15, Ont. 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred W. Dean, 244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ontario 
R. Ex. Comp. Stanley Portch, R.R. #2, 5059 Walkers Line, Milton, Ont. 



R. Ex. Comps. Everett Wood (Chairman), G. E. Turner (Vice-Chairman), 

J. 0. Meckbach, 0. T. Flint, J. D. Calder. 

R. Ex. Comps. G. A. Phillips (Chairman), A. Baldwin, A. G. Sullivan 


R. Ex. Comps. Bryan Alford (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z's, 

Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 

Grand Scribe E. 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. G. H. Shannon, 

Joseph Hearn 

R. Ex. Comp. Leo J. Gent 


R. Ex. Comps. F. C. Ackert (Chairman), 0. G. Oke, H. S. Winkworth, 

G. S. Hudson, A. J. Mellis 

R. Ex. Comps. F. W. D. Welham (Chairman), Rev. J. A. Payton (Vice- 
Chairman), J. A. Bird, B. Woodbeck, E. A. Barnard 

M. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle 


M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (Chairman) J. M. Burden, Q.C., R. V. Con- 
over, O.B.E., F. W. Dean, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. L. House, B. H. Smith, 
C. W. Emmett, Fraser Hay, M.D., M. S. Gooderham 

R. Ex. Comps. L. B. Gillespie, F. Fairfield, P. S. Moline 


M. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand 

Z's, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Masonic Instruction Committee, 

Grand Lecturer, Grand Scribe E. 


M. Ex. Comps. C. W. Emmett (Chairman), J. L. House, 

A. G. N. Bradshaw 

V. Ex. Comp. George Elms (Chairman) 



V. Ex. Comp. James Turnbull (Chairman) 

R. Ex. Comps. E. C. Ewener (Vice-Chairman), M. Ex. Comps. Charles 

Emmett, Bruce H. Smith, V. Ex. Comp. Clare Howes, 

R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Bowman 


M. Ex. Comps. M. A. Searle (Chairman), J. M. Burden, Q.C., J. L. House, 

C. W. Emmett, P. W. Dean 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Brown 


R. Ex. Comp. G. Harold Shannon (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. M. A. 

Searle, R. Ex. Comp. L. J. Gent. 



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man; 65 — Alfred Olley; 82 — James Anderson Best; 104 — Frank Robert 
Walker; 113— A. R. MacLeod; 117— William J. Jagges; 131— Oliver 
Bailey Strapp; 138 — John Kenneth Smith; 235 — Howard James Morton; 
247— Reginald Pring; 252— John Ada MacDonald; 253— John Clarke 


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Robert Nash, Kenneth D. Gilbert, H. A. Bruce; 4— Walter Scott, Gordon 
S. Burgon, Arthur D. Chambers, Brian L. Forbes, Clayton J. Shibley; 
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E. Edler; 16— H. Keith Black, Barry Moffett, M. D. Crawford, S. G. 
Fleming, B. Bruce Harvey, A. J. Morrison, David Polowin, C. G. Stamos, 
Hugh Wallace, Stanley Galanos, G. E. Derraugh, William Hackman, 
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Lake, Ernest Buckridge, Larry Schnare; 19 — Russell Seburn Moore, 
Wilfred E. Brown, William Sinnerton; 20 — Ferrand John Clark; 23— 
Russell Jamieson, Howard A. Reeves, Murray Harold Church; 26 — 
Earnest George Petrie; 28 — Percival Hayes, Gerald Edward Mertens, 
Charles Rose, Edward George Tozer, Ernest Whiting, James Wallace; 
30 — James Thornloe; 35— Bernard B, Hills; 36— Harry Vernon Bate- 
man, Harold C. Throop; 37 — Robert Wesley Brown, Norman Francis 
Gerow, Earl H. Gray, Russell Alexander Low; 40 — Wm. Allen Oliver 
Whitworth; 41 — James Ernest Edgill, John Wm. Eckhardt, Arthur 
William Pow; 44— Wm. Henry Smith; 47 — Edward W. Goodman; 53— 
Harold Herbert Brooks; 59— George W. T. Sloan, Fletcher C. McDougall, 
W. James Haig, John Thomson; 62 — Clark Willard Coutts, Charles Wes- 
ley Weir; 63 — Archie R. Mackay; 64 — James Davis, William J. Martin, 
James M. Nelson; 66 — Stanley Bray, Ronald Buck, Franklin Case, Wm. 
Henderson, Clare Haney, Garnet McClinchey, Gordon McGonigel, Nor- 
man McLean, Frank Manderson, Alvin Sellery, Eric Munroe; 74 — Ken- 
neth Martin, Murray A. Carruthers, Harvey Ludwig, Donald E. Wood; 
77 — Harry Joseph Hampson, Maxwell Seward; 79 — Elezer Perle, John 
Rutherford Robertson, William Scott; 80 — George E. Boose, Carlton D. 
Baker, Winston I. Cox, Alex Whyte, George Hamilton McKinley; 81 — 
Ray A. Ashford; 84— Robert F. Rowsell; 94 — Howard Maxwell Bright, 
Stanley William Hogarth; 95 — Wilfred Charles Winn, Samuel Horace 
Williams; 102 — Arthur Hadden Thompson, Ronald Delmer Howard 
Morris; 104 — Donald Hossack; 112 — Lome Kinkaid, Harry Hustler, R. 
K. Gulliver, Peter A. E. Hess; 113— S. C. Davis, John Cathcart, L. R. 
Mavor, Walter Nurse, W. L. Barker, Allan Alguire, D. R. Runciman; 
115 — Geoffrey Roy Dickinson, Richard Maltby Gough, C. W. Swarts, 
Barry Douglas Thompson; 117 — Victor James Young; 138 — Wilfred 
Stanley Lucas, Melville E. Blackwell, William F. Marr, Gordon Meldrum 
Culbert, Robert Christopher Lodwick, William Davies, William Leslie 
Camblin, William John Thomson, Albert Moorehouse, Mervyn McMullen 
Hammond; 140 — Donald Edward Andrews, Hugh Campbell Nisbet, Wil- 
liam A. Pirie; 146 — Ralph Simpson; 150 — Alexander D. Murison, Gordon 
Warden; 153 — Tony Narcissus Thomas, William Arthur Burnham, Fred 
D. Duchene, Herman Knight, John Wingerden; 161 — Wm. John Nayler, 
Everett McColl; 169 — Kelsey Edward Varrette, Howard James Taylor; 
175— John Sylvanus Buck; 184— C. G. Tinline; 195— George A. W. Simp- 
son; 205 — Robert Earl Wilson; 213 — Nathan David Adams, Clare W. 
Banting, Frank F. Martel; 214 — William James Dundas; 215 — M. A. 
Chubak; 217 — Robert Baynes Howard Edwin Blackstone, Edward J. 
Richardson, Harry Roberts; 219 — Thomas Allen, Andrew Murray, Robert 


Clint, John Laing, Jack Luffman, Raymond Kemp, Leslie Adams, 
Thomas Addison, Neil Buchanan, Albert Henley, Herbert Wheatcroft, 
Wm. James Stewart, Charles Jones, A. D. Black, William Chester, Wil- 
liam A. Hunter, D. J. Armstrong; 220 — Harold John McPhail, William 
Hutchings; 222 — Christopher John Shearer, Frederick George Allen, 
Eric Ronald Goffin, Alexander Walter McFarlane, William Douglas 
Martin, Alfred John Henry Sheen; 224 — George Brown, Douglas Ham- 
mil Martin; 225— W. Frank Hertel; 226— Cecil Lionel Newman, Wm. 
George Harvey; 227 — Murney Eaton; 231 — Bruce Gould, Joseph Settle; 
232 — Alexander Hampton; 234 — Geoffrey Raymond; 235 — James Little; 
241 — William Joseph Gill, Walter Donald McDonald, Joseph Bucking- 
ham; 246 — John Marmion, John Douglas Cameron, Frank Stuart, John 
Charles Wright; 249— Jack LeRoy Reid; 250 — John Grieve, Thomas John 
Henry Pheby, Donald Gordon Duff; 251 — Kenneth Cromerty, Richard 
Alton Flewelling, Dennis Tappenden, Russell Wm. Robertson, Sr., Rus- 
sell Robertson, Jr.; 254— Homer C. Mittelstadt; 262— Ernest Arthur Ball. 


1— Earl C. Clark, John M. Cosgrove, Allison S. Etter, William G. 
Leonard, William Wooffinden; 2 — Channes Robert Samonian, Robert 
Stirling, Wm. Brown Mills; 3— William A. Kirk, William Albert Smith; 
4 — John Laviola, John H. Gahagen, Charles F. Renwick; 5 — Alfred Ed- 
ward Love; 6 — Ronald David Bough, Alexander Duncan, Christopher S. 
King, John Muir Lyle; 7 — Frank Johnson; 8 — Howard E. Martin, Ernest 
LePoidivin, Robert Townley; 15 — Kenneth F. Saunders; 16 — Bruce Cum- 
mings, James Crampton, Donald I. Cummings, G. J. McGlashan, E. F. 
McKeevers, R. Stewart Fulton, L. J. MacDonald, James M. Shouldice; 
18 — Roy P. Broughton, Walter Tucker, James Routley, Douglas Martin, 
Stanley W. Piper; 19 — Albert Edward Livingstone, Erie Arthur Shields; 
20 — John Edward South, Frederick Balshaw, Joseph Hope Johnson; 23 
— Russell Jamieson, Howard A. Reeves, Murray Harold Church; 24 — 
Robert Doughty; 26 — Donald Charles Reavely; 28 — James Benjamin 
Frost, Percy Haddon Gilmour, Robert Harper, Gordon Leroy Wight; 29 
— Albert Edward McAlonan, V. H. Patriarche, John Vandermade; 31 — 
Robert B. Chapman, Harry R. Mounteny, Arthur Morgan, Claude Vader, 
Desmond Francis MacDonald, Hugh Elmer Nicholas; 34 — Kenneth An- 
drew Tucker; 35 — Hugh Wm. Ormiston, Kenneth Henry Greer, John 
Hugh Peattie, Alexander Russell, David Green; 36 — Charles Donald 
Munro, Ralph James Howard; 37 — Hamilton T. Doidge; 40 — Rudd Ian 
Gilmore, James Louis Jackson, Clifford George King, George Ogilvie 
Lind; 41 — Fred Charles' Freeman; 44 — Morley C. Parrett, Edward A. 
Powell; 46 — Russell Bradford; 47 — Charles Arner, Robert W. Dunlop, 
Albert Brown, Harry F. Dougherty Wayne Jessop, Claud R. Morse, 
William Dekoneng, Albert H. Hench, Robert J. Longmore, Gordon C. 
Lindsay; 53 — John Wilfred Randall, Samuel Carew Sherrin; 54 — Russell 
Blake Oatman; 56 — Thomas Edwin Chrysler; 57 — Lewis Edgeworth; 
62 — Frances John Jones, Henry Alfred Mullins, John Charles Holwell; 
64— Gerald A. Nash; 66— D. E. Forrest; 67— Stewart Lawless; 74— 
Barney Siim, Garbutt Smith; 75 — Christopher Anthony Waters; 77 — 
David Nock, Harold Gordon Archbell, Henry Edward Warder, Alex G. 
Williamson, John Veen. Sr., Wm. Clarence Wooder, Fred John William- 
son, Charles Lindsay, Harold Archbell; 80 — Leonard Green, Edward F. 
White; 81 — J. B. MacArtney; 82 — Thomas Arthur Jones, James Webster 
Tracy; 84— George A. Guest, Lloyd George Carter; 88— Richard H. 
Anions, Wallace W. King; 90 — Joseph Innes Chamberlain; 91 — Harry 
Stanley Shaw, Stewart William King; 94 — Roscoe Sawyer; 95 — Alex- 
ander Earle MacLean, Thomas Wesley Merrick, Norman Edward Silver- 
son; 102 — John Cecil Armstrong, Cecil John Hilderly, Lawrence George 
Henderson, Robert John McKay, Robert Mansfield Burns; 104 — Lome F. 


Worwood, Albert F. Johnson; 110 — Arnold Clarence Dudley, Thomas 
Clare Doidge; 112 — Arthur Wood Lamport; 113 — Walter J. Barber, An- 
drew J. Sutherland, Raymond Hamilton, Herbert P. Armstrong, Roderick 
A. MacLeod; 114 — James McDermott; 116 — John Watson Shackleton, 
Edward Clare Marshall, William John Armstrong; 117 — Joseph Bobroski, 
William Henry Thompson, William H. Makin, Thomas Longrige, Charles 
Fotheringham, Alan Harrison; 129 — Harold Walter Corman; 131 — Wm. 
C. Sanders; 132 — James Caldback; 134 — Gavin Brandon, Morley Brown; 
135— Frank Wm. MacKaye; 138— Richard Jacks Wilkie; 140— William 
James Jamieson, Henry Lyon McManus, Dale Reed Owen, McKinley 
Rankin, Robert H. Seymour; 143 — Donald Campbell Munro; 145 — Hugh 
Gracey, Latta Charles McManus, Robert Taylor Thompson, Clifford 
Alexander McDonald, Norman Garnet Naish, Charles Clarence Ranee, 
Francis George Napier, Ralph McKinley Walsh, George Herbert Thomp- 
son, Gordon Ross McGowan, Clifford Henry Gerrard; 147 — Lloyd Hunter; 
148 — Garrett Ryan, Duncan MacLeod; 149— Fullerton Smith Callan; 150 
— Albert R. Kloss; 151 — Roy Whiteside, George Anthony Hewitt; 153 — 
Ralph Douglas Mickle; 155 — James Wood, William Clarke; 161 — George 
Kitson Thompson; 163 — Alan Cameron Kent; 168 — Donald Walter 
Free; 169 — George Allan Bradford; 175 — Robert Vernon Albert Jones, 
Cecil Arthur Kingston; 195 — Victor E. Crompton, Harold Erwin; 198 — 
Ruben Brooker, Alexander Beaton Gibson, Robert F. Balkwell, Hermon 
Harold Bennett, Gordon Alexander Smith, William Rennie Trimble; 
205— Edward F. Hurlbut; 212— Milton Naiberg, George Leff, Louis E. 
Ball, Samuel Lebo, Irving S. Beck; 213— Robert E. Findlay; 214— 
Charles Henry Moss, Robert Myers; 217 — Alan James Hogeboom; 218 — 
Mervin Holmes; 219 — J. Gawley, F. McCutcheon; 220 — Victor Eugene 
Marsh; 222— Robert Lawrence Tape; 223— Willis A. Rutherford; 225— 
William Baird, James L. M. Rankin; 226 — Bernard Vincent Genge; 227 
— Willard John Fawcett; 230— Bert Smith; 231— Gerald Davey; 232— 
Frank Edward Doran, Alvin Malcolm Mc Arthur, Hallet Nickle Norman; 
233 — John E. Kline, Samuel Herbert Barrett, Thomas Sorbie Dunsmore, 
Albert Heesom, Walter Fursman; 234 — John Wm. Pennock; 235 — 
Clarence Downey; 236 — Lancley Thomas Watson, Allan Varey Sedg- 
wick; 238— Frank E. Wood, Walter E. Cornish, Thomas H. Gutteridge; 
241 — Roy Alexander Kerr, Jackson George Pollock, William Herbert 
Kirk, Gordon Mitchell, Ross Jarvis, John Muir Megraw; 245 — A. Leroy 
Habermehl, Vernon Deckert, Nelson Alles; 246 — Arthur St. George 
Harris, Wm. Albert Charles Lithgow; 247 — Arthur Edward Lawes, 
Harry R. Page, Allen Douglas Pearce, Samuel Robb; 249 — James C. 
Tamblyn; 250— Bertram Isaac Booth; 252— Heber Nethery; 254— Jack- 
son Adams, Ira Arnold Wilson; 257 — Charles Shamess, Lionel Peake; 
259— Robert Charles Jackson; 260— McBride Hunter; 261— Walter Allan 
Cope; 263 — Leo Gudat, Ronald K. Misener. 



R. Ex. Comp. George E. Turner, 2281 Victoria Ave., Windsor, Ontario 

47 Wellington Chatham 119 King Cyrus Leamington 

71 Prince of Wales Essex 153 Somba Wallaceburg 

73 Erie Ridgetown 164 Lome West Lome 

80 Ark Windsor 239 Blenheim Blenheim 

88 MacNabb Dresden 250 Thomas Peters Windsor 


R. Ex. Comp. Joseph Hessey, 510 Southdale Rd., London, Ontario 

3 St. John's London 81 Aylmer Aylmer 

5 St. George's London 150 London London 

15 Wawanosh Sarnia 214 Vimy Inwood 

53 Bruce Petrolia 238 The St. Andrew London 

54 Palestine St. Thomas 242 St. Paul's Lambeth 

74 Beaver Strathroy 247 Nilestown Nilestown 

78 Minnewawa Parkhill 252 Hiawatha Sarnia 

R. Ex. Comp. John Otto Meckbach, 482 McQueen St., Woodstock, Ont. 

18 Oxford Woodstock 115 Brant Paris 

20 Mount Horeb Brantford 253 Regal Port Dover 

23 Ezra Simcoe 255 Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

41 Harris Ingersoll 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Thomas Flint, 22 Extra St., Guelph, Ontario 

32 Waterloo Gait 218 Prince Edward Shelburne 

40 Guelph Guelph 221 Durham Durham 

67 Enterprise Palmerston 234 Halton Georgetown 

83 Ionic Orangeville 245 Preston Preston 

117 Kitchener Kitchener 

R. Ex. Comp. John Daniel Calder, R.R. No. 2, Ancaster, Ontario 
2 The Hiram Hamilton 175 The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224 Keystone Hamilton 

75 St. Clair Milton 236 Caledonia Caledonia 

104 White Oak ..... Oakville 243 McKay Stoney Creek 

155 Ancaster Ancaster 262 King David Burlington 

R. Ex. Comp. Orville Garfield Oke, Seaforth, Ontario 

24 Tecumseh Stratford 84 Lebanon Wingham 

30 Huron Goderich 129 Elliott Mitchell 

46 St. James St. Marys 130 Chantry Southampton 

63* Havelock Kincardine 146 Bernard Listowel 

66 The Malloch Seaforth 147 Lucknow Lucknow 


R. Ex. Comp. Herman Stanley Winkworth, 

44 Phipps St., Fort Erie, Ont. 

19 Mount Moriah St. Catharines 69 Grimsby Grimsby 

29 McCallum Dunnville 76 Mount Nebo ... Niagara Falls 

55 Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184 Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 
57 King Hiram ...Port Colborne 240 Smithville Smithville 

64 Wilson Welland 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Baldwin, 469 Main St., Toronto 13, Ontario 

4 St. Andrew & St. John 163 The Beaches Toronto 

Toronto 205 Victoria Thornhill 

8 King Solomon Toronto 217 St. Alban's Toronto 

62 York Toronto 225 Beaver Toronto 

65 St. Paul's Toronto 235 Aurora Aurora 

79 Orient Toronto 241 University Toronto 

135 Succoth Uxbridge 258 Tyrian Stouffville 

145 The St. Patrick Toronto 263 The Scarborough, Scarborough 


R. Ex. Comp. Albert G. Sullivan, 52 Cumberland Dr., Port Credit, Ont. 

77 Occident Toronto 220 Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91 Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230 Port Credit Port Credit 

138 Shekinah Toronto The St. Clair Richmond Hill 

195 Peel Brampton 232 King Cyrus Toronto 

212 Mount Sinai Toronto 233 Oakwood Toronto 

215 Mimico Mimico 246 Humber Weston 

219 Ulster Toronto 260 Centennial Streetsville 


R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Sidford Hudson, 

302 Minnesota St., Collingwood, Ont. 

27 Manitou Collingwood 167 Kichikewana Midland 

34 Signet Barrie 198 Couchiching Orillia 

56 Georgian Owen Sound 261 Seguin Parry Sound 

131 Amabel Wiarton 

R. Ex. Comp. James Arthur Bird, Codrington, Ontario 

28 Pentalpha Oshawa 94 Midland Lindsay 

35 Keystone Whitby 110 Warkworth Warkworth 

36 Corinthian Peterborough 134 King Darius Cannington 

37 Victoria Port Hope 168 Ionic Campbellford 

45 Excelsior Colborne 249 Palestine Bowmanville 

48 St. John's Cobourg 

R. Ex. Comp. Burton Woodbeck, 13 Wellington St., Stirling, Ontario 

7 The Moira Belleville 72 Keystone ..Stirling 

26 St. Mark's Trenton 144 Presqu'ile Brighton 

31 Prince Edward Picton 161 Madoc Madoc 

44 Mount Sinai Napanee 227 Quinte Friendship Belleville 

R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Alexander Barnard, Spencerville, Ontario 

1 Ancient Frontenac and 68 Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112 St. John's Morrisburg 

22 Grenville Prescott 113 Covenant Cornwall 

59' Sussex-St. Lawrence 132 Leeds Gananoque 


R. Ex. Comp. Fred Fairfield, 6 William St. W., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

16 Carleton Ottawa 148 St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61 Granite Almonte 151 Laurentian Pembroke 

114 Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116 Maple Carleton Place 222 Ottawa Ottawa 

133 St. Francis Smiths Falls 226 Prince of Wales Perth 

143 Glengarry Maxville 248 Dochert Arnprior 

R. Ex. Comp. Philip Sixten Moline, Box 244, Dryden, Ontario 

82 Shuniah Port Arthur 152 Alberton Fort Frances 

90 Golden Kenora Golden Star Dryden 

140 Fort William Fort William 259 Quetico Atkokan 

149 Atwood Rainy River 



R. Ex. Comp. James Mellis, 

R.R. No. 3, Anita Ave., North Bay, Ont. 

95 Tuscan Sudbury 103 St. John's North Bay 

102 Algonquin ... Sault Ste. Marie 257 Espanola Espanola 

R. Ex. Comp. William Alex Bowman, Box 763, New Liskeard, Ontario 

169 Temiskaming New Liskeard 223 Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

213 Northern Lights Timmins 251 Kirkland Kirkland Lake 



Rt. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Ralph Neely, Nilestown, Ontario 


V. Ex. Comp. George L. Nutt, 516 Fair Street, Woodstock, Ontario 


V. Ex. Comp. William J. McCall, 1 Third Avenue, Orangeville, Ontario 

V. Ex. Comp. Ed. M. Marshall, Apt. 11, 137 Emerald St., Hamilton, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Saxton Sr., Wingham, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Don Wirtn, 39 Oakridge Cresc, Port Colborne, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Clifford M. Platten, 52 Donegal Dr., Toronto 17, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. H. W. Clark, 91 Sheppard Ave., Willowdale, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. David P. Low, 696 - 4th Avenue, Owen Sound, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. Alan Buchanan, Warkworth, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Lome Vaughan, 315 Bleecker St., Belleville, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. Harold Gummer, 242 Westdale Ave., Kingston, Ont. 


Rt, Ex. Comp. H. T. C. Humphries, 52 Clegg Street, Ottawa, Ontario 


Ex. Comp. J. Lome Foster, 436 Brook Street, Ft. William, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Ken Shore, P.O. Box 107, Espanola, Ontario 


Rt. Ex. Comp. Howard T. Beaton Sr., Twin Falls, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 



1 W. C. F. Saunders, R.R. #1, Kingston 

2 George Batten, 794 Eagle Drive, Burlington 

3 Howard Hazzard, 167 Barber St., London 

4 George F. Long, 1326 Warwick Ave., Oakville 

5 Hugh McGhee, 734 Glasgow St., London 


6 Alexander Irvine, 31 Vola Court, Hamilton 

7 Charles Beatty, Plainfield 

8 Charles Smyth, 519 Birchmount Road, Scarborough 

15 Robert L. Parker, 1165 Telfer Road, Sarnia 

16 Wilson McDuffee, 315 Crestview Ave., Ottawa 

18 John J. Weber, 179 Graham St., Woodstock 

19 Edwin Dodge, 13 Keistan Drive, St. Catharines 

20 Andrew J. Borger, 144 Dundas St., Brantford 

22 Helmer G. Reddick, Spencerville 

23 T. C. Holland, R.R. #1, Vittoria 

24 B. A. Mennie, 72 Waddell St., Stratford 

26 Angus McDonald, R.R. #4, Trenton 

27 Douglas B. Watson, Box 244, Elmvale 

28 Robert E. Temperton, 127 Ritson Rd. South, Oshawa 

29 Roy B. Miller, 433 Alder St. W., Dunnville 

30 Joseph N. MacDonald, R.R. #1, Goderich 

31 Frank Root, R.R. #2, Consecon 

32 H. H. Boulter, 78 Norfolk Ave., Gait 

34 W. T. Kirkpatrick, 11 Mountbatten Rd., Barrie 

35 Archibald Taylor, 391 Phillip-Murray Ave., Oshawa 

36 C. A. Bedford, 654 Monaghan Road, Peterborough 

37 John H. Roy, 22 Elgin St. N., Port Hope 

40 Robert W. Borthwick, 66 Forest Ave., Guelph 

41 Ronald H. Cartmale, R.R. #4, Embro 

44 Gordon Fresque, Box 870, Napanee 

45 K. Mills, Coiborne, Ont. 

46 Earl Barber, R.R. #6, St. Mary's 

47 James N. McDonald, 180 Lacroix St., Chatham 

48 Wm. F. Thompson, R.R. #6, Cobourg 

53 James Munroe, Petrolia 

54 Wallace Capern, R.R. #7, St. Thomas 

55 J. Titterington, 18 St. Patrick, St. Catharines 

56 D. A. Gilchrist, 697 — 15th St. E., Owen Sound 

57 V. Hennigar, 39 Coronation Drive, Port Coiborne 
59 R. Stick, R.R. #2, Lyn 

61 A. E. McWade, Stittsville 

62 S. S. Kell, 168 Moore Ave., Toronto 7 

63 R. Y. Love, Kincardine 

64 R. G. Ohler, Box 609, Fonthill 

65 Cecil E. Davis, 1565 Mississauga Road, R.R. #2, Port Credit 

66 Clifford Britton, Seaforth 

67 Forrest A. Inch, Palmerston 

68 Gordon Forbes, Kemptviile 

69 G. A. Winter, 16 Fairview Ave., Grimsby 

71 Chris R. Leclair, Essex 

72 Douglas Pyear, R.R. #3, Frankford 

73 John M. Taylor, R.R. #2, Northwood 

74 Manford E. Gare, Strathroy 

75 Thomas Bradley, Milton 

76 Ted Dewar, 853 St. Lawrence Ave., Niagara Falls 

77 James Henderson, 14 Muir Drive, Scarborough 

78 A. D. Morton, R.R. #4, Mt. Brydges 

79 Harland Johnson, 140 Montgomery Ave., Toronto 12 

80 Harry Grunwell, 1630 Cherrylawn Crt., Windsor 

81 Ross Gale, Aylmer 

82 Nicholas Nazvesky, 83 Mona St., Port Arthur 

83 W. L. Hill, P.O. Box 914, Orangeville 

84 Gerald Roane, Teeswater 


88 Arthur Ingram, Petrolia 

90 Lome R. Johnston, 37 Eighth Ave. S., Kenora 

91 Herb. W. Powell, 48 Lincoln Ave., Toronto 9 

94 George McCombe, 8 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay 

95 L. W. Young, 550 Victoria St., Sudbury 

102 D. H. Cook, 1372 Queen St. E., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 G. W. Carmichael, 329 Aubrey St. West, North Bay 

104 William Stevenson, 439 Patricia Drive, Oakville 
110 James McCleary, Warkworth 

112 Douglas R. Hough, Williamsburg 

113 Arthur Wm. Antoine, 1412 Jane St., Cornwall 

114 Allan B. Poole, 573 Fortington, Renfrew 

115 Robert G. Sasse, 36 Lyons St., Brantford 

116 D. K. Coyles, Almonte 

117 Frank L. Barrett, 34 Sheldon Ave. N., Kitchener 
119 George Nelner, R.R. #4, Leamington 

129 Charles Friend, Dublin 

130 William Scarr, Port Elgin 

131 Ray Smith, Clavering 

132 Harry Hastie, Gananoque 

133 PI. F. Gardiner, 73B. Elmsley St. N., Smiths Falls 

134 Irvine Fisher, Woodville 

135 Robert J. Warren, Uxbridge 

138 Ernest Moyle, 143 Bernice Cres., Toronto 9 
140 Gordon E. Karle, 2700 Windsor St., Fort William 

143 Clifford Hart, 229 5th St. East, Cornwall 

144 Ralph Bell, Sanford St., Brighton 

145 L. A. Moore, 21 Paragon Road, Weston 

146 Wilfred J. Cockwell, Britton 

147 Gervin Reed, Dungannon 

148 J. R. Donaldson, 285 Stanley St., Hawkesbury 

149 John E. Laevens, Rainy River 

150 Sydney R. Gee, 206 St. James St., London 

151 Lome A. Schultz, 291 Doran St., Pembroke 

152 Norman Urquhart, 244 Second St. E., Fort Frances 

153 John Kucera, R.R. #3, Dresden 
155 Russell Brown, R.R. #1, Ancaster 
161 W. R. McCoy, Madoc 

163 F. S. Dickens, 176 Linden Ave., Scarborough 

164 Wm. Melnyk, Rodney 

167 E. Fisher, 240 — Eighth St., Midland 

168 Preston Hall, Campbellford 

169 Allan P. Armstrong, Drawer 150, New Liskeard 

175 Gerald H. R. Crawshaw, 176 West 35th St., Hamilton 

184 G. Grey, 275 Dufferine St., Fort Erie 

195 J. L. McKane, Inglewood 

198 Howard F. Flemming, 73 Dunlop St., Orillia 

205 Wilf Cameron, 18 Glen Cameron Road, Thomhill 

210 J. W. Fyke, Chesterville 

212 Milton Gottlieb, 4415 Bathurst St., Apt. 311, Downsview 

213 J. A. Cronmiller, Box 937, South Porcupine 

214 Kenneth Spearman, R.R. #3, Oil Springs 

215 E. W. Tillotson, 617 Glengrove Ave. W., Toronto 19 

217 Edward W. Elcombe, 65 Cuffly Cres. N., Downsview 

218 Lloyd Armstrong, Rosemont 

219 Peter Gallagher, 576 Trethewey Dr., Apt. \, Toronto 15 

220 S. V. Meakings, 2 Ellsboro Drive, Streetsville 

221 Alfred O'Dell, R.R. #3, Priceville 


222 Frederick F. Horton, 2434 Thorson Ave., Ottawa 5 

223 Wallace Layte, Iroquois Falls 

224 G. Ben Cowman, 80 Emerald St. S., Hamilton 

225 Donald Magee, 34 Tara Ave., Scarborough 

226 Frank K. Thompson, Perth 

227 Reg. Cooper, 390 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

230 Wm. Garrod, 1064 Greaves Ave., Port Credit 

231 John C. Crockatt, 35 Confederation Drive, Scarborough 

232 J. P. Jollymore, 136 Schell Ave., Toronto 6 

233 H. F. Edwards, 2255 Jane St., Apt. 49, Downsview 

234 Thomas Niven, 3 Edith St., Georgetown 

235 Charles Henshaw, R.R. #3, King 

236 Robert Weatherston, R.R. #3, Hagersville 

238 Robert H. Chapman, 508 Oak Park Drive, London 

239 Allan D'Clute, R.R. #1, Blenheim 

241 S. H. Porter, 20 Burbank Drive, Willowdale 

242 Gordon W. Hotham, R.R. #2, Lambeth 

243 John O. McFeeters, R.R. #2, Hannon 

245 John T. Miller, 135 Dunbar Road, Preston 

246 G. C. Laing, 67 Cherrywood Ave., Toronto 10 

247 David Whitehall, 104 Selkirk St., London 

248 M. S. Tripp, Fitzroy Harbour 

249 F. A. Boyd, Box 1328, King St., Bowmanville 

250 Aaron B. Childs, 109 Riverdale Blvd., Windsor 

251 G. W. Burgman, 86 First St., Kirkland Lake 

252 Boris Milosevic, 1092 Errol Road East, Sarnia 

253 Howard Harris, Port Dover 

254 Frank Smith, Box 658, Dryden 

255 Wm. E. Wilson, 13 Hawthorne Cres., Tillsonburg 

257 O. J. Timber, Espanola 

258 James L. Bacon, Unionville 

259 Einar I. Swanbergson, Box 608, Atikokan 

260 W. A. Arch, P.O. Box 250, Streetsville 

261 Sidney Perry, Bala 

262 Douglas Reading, 715 Peele Blvd., Burlington 

263 H. C. May, 1140 Woodbine Ave., Toronto 13 


1 V. Ex. Comp. R. H. Seymour, 3 — Third Ave., Kingston 

2 V. Ex. Comp. E. M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. S., Apt. 11, Hamilton 

3 V. Ex. Comp. Chas. G. Smuck, 20 Thornton Ave., London 

4 Ex. Comp. Keith L. Bellamy, 57 Williamson Road, Toronto 13 

5 R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Kennedy, 1601 Stonebrook Cres., London, Ont. 

6 R. Ex. Comp. Fred Scott, 41 Fairfield Ave. N., Hamilton 

7 V. Ex. Comp. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

8 Ex. Comp. Gordon McConnell, 30 Rolph Road, Toronto 17 

15 Ex. Comp. Harold R. Marriott, 216 Kathleen Ave., Sarnia 

16 Comp. Stuart Gilmour, 196 Metcalfe St., Apt. 603, Ottawa 4 

18 V. Ex. Comp. G. K. Mansell, 206 Sydenham St., Woodstock 

19 V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Omer, 52 Linden St., St. Catharines 

20 R. Ex. Comp. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford 

22 Ex. Comp. G. R. Drummond, Spencerville 

23 Ex. Comp. Wm. J. Thompson, 6 Queen St. S., Simcoe 

24 V. Ex. Comp. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford 

26 Ex. Comp. Gordon L. Thompson, 6 Bowen Ave., Trenton 

27 R. Ex. Comp. B. M. Conron, 537 Hurontario St., Collingwood 

28 R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Geo. Coppin, 227 Arthur St., Oshawa 


29 R. Ex. Comp. Frank R. Martin, Box 1231, Dunnville 

30 Ex. Comp. Melborn W. Cox, 244 Cameron St., Goderich 

31 Ex. Comp. Fred R. Greatrix, Jr., Box 882, Picton 

32 Ex. Comp. Gordon J. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Road S., Gait 

34 Ex. Comp. J. M. Lindsay, 17 Oak St., Barrie 

35 V. Ex. Comp. W. Percy Price, 420 Euclid St., Whitby 

36 Ex. Comp. David Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough 

37 V. Ex. Comp. C. P. McElroy, 80 Strachan St., Port Hope 

40 Ex. Comp. W. H. Quant, 4 Caledonia St., Guelph 

41 Ex. Comp. Gerald M. Cole, 254 Harris St., Ingersoll 

44 Ex. Comp. Kenneth Hill, R.R. #5, Napanee 

45 Ex. Comp. Rudolph Chapman, Colborne 

46 Ex. Comp. George W. Muma, Box 886, St. Mary's 

47 Ex. Comp. H. D. Paulucci, 47 Wilson Ave., Chatham 

48 V. Ex. Comp. Eric W. Niles, 140 Brook Road South, Cobourg 

53 V. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Story, 450 Greenfield St., Petrolia 

54 V. Ex. Comp. Kurven S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas 

55 Comp. E. W. Aldridge, 6 Youngblut Ave., St. Catharines 

56 V. Ex. Comp. J. A. McMeekin, 463 7th St. East, Owen Sound 

57 Ex. Comp. L. L. Doan, 803 Elm St., Port Colborne 

59 V. Ex. Comp. James G. Ruston, 164 James St. E., Brockville 

61 Comp. John H. McLauchlan, Box 733, Almonte 

62 Ex. Comp. J. S. Sheild, 49 Vanderhoof Ave., Toronto 17 

63 V. Ex. Comp. H. J. Norman, Kincardine 

64 Comp. J. C. L. McKeand, 5 Birchmount Drive, Welland 

65 Comp. Alfred Olley, 52 Westmoreland Ave., Toronto 4 

66 Ex. Comp. Amos Corby, Box 512, Seaforth 

67 R. Ex. Comp. L. E. Morphy, Box 188, Palmerston 

68 Ex. Comp. Gideon J. Purcell, Oxford Station 

69 Comp. W. Fairbrother, Box 674, Beamsville 

71 R. Ex. Comp. R. Chas. Brushett, P.O. Box 68, Essex 

72 Ex. Comp. John L. Good, Stirling 

73 R. Ex. Comp. Rev. S. E. Stevenson, Box 119, Highgate 

74 R. Ex. Comp. & W. Holt, Box 243', Strathroy 

75 V. Ex. Comp. Ejpwin Harrop, R.R. #5, Milton 

76 Comp. Robert (3\ Johnston, 2671 Russell St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77 Ex. Comp. Percy Helm, 568 Vaughan Road, Toronto 10 

78 V. Ex. Comp. Chas. J. Fox, R.R. #5, Parkhill 

79 Ex. Comp. Alfred J. R. Moxon, 257 Ferris Road, Toronto 16 

80 Ex. Comp. Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor 

81 Ex. Comp. Lewis A. Matlack, 55 Pine St. W., Aylmer 

82 R. Ex. Comp'. W. H. Cheetham, 374 Morse St., Port Arthur 

83 Ex. Comp. H. J. Reeve, Box 538, Orangeville 

84 Ex. Comp. Alex Corrigan, R.R. #1, Bluevale 

88 V. Ex. Comp. IJugh M. Dunlop, R.R. #6, Dresden 

90 Ex. Comp. H. C. Smiley, 313 Matheson St. North, Kenora 

91 V. Ex. Comp. Alfred Geary, 74 Shanly St., Toronto 4 

94 R. Ex. Comp. L. A. Gilkinson, 2 Wellington St., Lindsay 

95 R. Ex. Comp. P. A. Coates, 1147 Ramsay View Court, Apt. 506, 

102 Ex. Comp. E. C. Price, 65 Spruce St., Sault Ste. Marie 

103 R. Ex. Comp. W. L. Brown, 1040 Front St., North Bay 

104 Comp. E. A. Wood, R.R. #2, Milton 

110 Comp. Wm. G. Taylor, P.O. Box 13, Warkworth 

112 Ex. Comp. Lloyd D. Barkley, Box 2, Morrisburg 

113 Ex. Comp. R. A. Ygung, 214 Pitt St., Ant. 1, Cornwall 

114 Comp. Harry Young, 137 Raglan St. N., Renfrew 

115 V. Ex. Comp. H. J, Broughton, 22 Warwick St., Paris 


116 V. Ex. Comp. Walter W. Whyte, Box 646, Carleton Place 

117 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. E. James, 276 Margaret Ave., Kitchener 
119 R. Ex. Comp. R. A. Willett, Box 340, Wheatley 

129 Ex. Comp. E. J. Hingst, Box 42, Mitchell 

130 V. Ex. Comp. Ernest H. Gorrell, Box 100, Port Elgin 

131 Ex. Comp. Orville R. Greig, Box 356, Wiarton 

132 R. Ex. Comp. A. L. Wheeler, Box 149, Gananoque 

123 R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls 

134 R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd G. Parliament, Cannington 

135 V. Ex. Comp. Harry V. Watson, 27 Main St., Uxbridge 
138 Ex. Comp. Percy James, 12 Beacham Cres., Agincourt 

140 R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. Shaver, 707 Ruskin Cres., Fort William 

143 Ex. Comp. Roderick F. McRae, P.O. Box 2, Maxville 

144 Ccmp. Frank Gibbons, 4S Kingsley Ave., Brighton 

145 V. Ex. Comp. R. L. Carr, 46 Montye Ave., Apt. 5, Toronto 9 

146 Ex. Comp. Geo. R. E. McKechnie, 740 Richmond Ave, N., Listowel 

147 Ex. Ccmp. Gordon Montgomery, Lucknow 

148 Ex. Comp. Leon G. Harcourt, 461 Stanley St., Hawkesbury 

149 Ex. Comp. W. B. Warner, Rainy River 

150 Ex. Comp. Bloss E. Doupe, 419 Randol Drive, London, Ont. 

151 Ex. Comp. Richard H. Carnahan, P.O. Box 194, Chalk River 

152 Comp. Donald C. Baldwin, 329 Nelson St., Fort Frances 

153 Ex. Comp. John Walton, 740 James St., Wallaceburg 
155 Ex. Comp. George A. Penny, R.R. #2. Ancaster 

161 V. Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan, Box 519, Madoc 

163 Ex. Comp. D. C. Armstrong, 4 Fairfield Ave., Toronto 8 

164 Comp. Clarence L. Shaw, Box 60, West Lome 

167 V. Ex. Comp. F. E. Whiteman, 181 Elizabeth St., Midland 

168 Ex. Comp. Francis W. Long, Box 143, Campbellford 

169 Ex. Comp. Don Boyd, Box 494, New Liskeard 

175 Comp. Murray Barnhoorn, 26 Cedar Knolls Park, Greensville P.O., 

184 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. Rostron, 38 Phipps St., Fort Erie 
195 Ex. Ccmp. C. Fred Kline, 40 David St., Brampton 
198 Comp. D. J. Cossey, 155 Brant St. East, Orillia 
205 V. Ex. Comp. G. J. Hall, 18 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale 
210 V. Ex. Comp. Wendell M. Stanlev, Box 10, Russell 

212 V. Ex. Comp. Abraham Fox, 21 Tichester Rd., Apt. 1001, Toronto 10 

213 Ex. Comp. L. H. Netherton, Box 610, South Porcupine 

214 Ex. Comp. B. A. Russell, Box 6, Inwood 

215 Ex. Comp. G. H. Walker, 233 Brown's Line, Toronto 14 

217 R. Ex. Comp. W. John Webber. 24 Florida Cres., Weston 

218 V. Ex. Comp. Hilton Emrick, Homing's Mills 

219 Ex. Comp. Chas. Bryson, 9 Torrington Dr., Etobicoke 

220 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18 

221 V. Ex, Comp. H. C. McKechnie, Box 302, Durham 

222 Comp. W. Earl Tuck, 33 Regent St., Apt. 4, Ottawa 1 

223 Comp. Horace A. Jones. P.O. Box 125, Iroauois Falls 

224 Ex. Comp. J. Harvey Williams, 20 Searle St.. Hamilton 

225 V. Ex. Comp. John Broadfoot, 15 Hazelwood Ave., Toronto 6 

226 V. Ex. Comp. L. V. Wood, Box 197, Perth 

227 V. Ex. Comp. Mont. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville 

230 R. Ex. Comp. Jack W. Arnold, 596 Exbury Cres., Port Credit 

231 Ex. Comp. Albert W. Johnson, 669 Burnhamthorpe Road. Etobicoke 

232 V. Ex. Comp. Wm. D. Harrison, 210 Pemberton Ave., Willowdale 

233 Comp. J. Wood. 63 Lynvalley Cres., Scarborough 

234 V. Ex. Comp. Jack Addv. 11 Arietta St.. Georgetown 

235 V. Ex. Comp. E. J. Eveleigh, 43" Connaught Ave., Aurora 


236 Ex. Comp. Edgar C. Reid, Box 151, Caledonia 

238 V. Ex. Comp. A. V. Sedgwick, 194A Duchess Ave., London 

239 Comp. Deric Payne, 206 John St., Blenheim 

240 Comp. R. L. Jackson, Smithville 

241 V. Ex. Comp. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto 13 

242 Ex. Comp. Ed Keith Daniel, 79 Broadway St., Lambeth 

243 R. Ex. Comp. Glenn E. Hyland, 221 King St. E., Stoney Creek 

245 Comp. J. Byron Ferrier, 119 Third Ave., Preston 

246 Comp. J. Carmichael, 2 Mahoney Ave., Toronto 15 

247 Comp. Garfield M. Kirkpatrick, 381 Vancouver St., London 

248 V. Ex. Comp. Geo. R. Clarke, 107 Daniel St., Arnprior 

249 R. Ex. Comp. H. G. Freeman, Box 719, Bowmanville 

250 V. Ex. Comp. Walter Hockney, 3530 Dominion Blvd., Windsor 

251 Comp. Carl J. Reinholt, 30 Main St., Kirkland Lake 

252 Ex. Comp. Thos. W. Huggins, 512 Ernest St., Point Edward 

253 Ex. Comp. E. S. Ford, Box 698, Port Dover 

254 Ex. Comp. John H. Gibson, Box 174, Dryden 

255 R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Swatridge, R.R. #2, Courtland 

257 R. Ex. Comp. A. J. Higgins, Box 255, 360 Avery Drive, Espanola 

258 Comp. Ernest F. Short, R.R. #2, Markham 

259 R. Ex. Comp. Lambert J. O. Sundin, Box 1302, Atikokan 

260 Ex. Comp. J. Kline, 78 Waverly Road, Toronto 8 

261 Comp. J. E. Simms, Box 482, 2 James St., Parry Sound 

262 V. Ex. Comp. John E. Richardson, 433 Main St. W., Hamilton 

263 V. Ex. Comp. G. A. Cooper, 191 Lawson Road, West Hill 



Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapter of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario from 1857 to 1966 

*W. M. Wilson 1857 

♦Thompson Wilson 1858 

•T. D. Harington 1958-60 

"John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 


*S. B. Harmon 1872 

*C. D. Macdonell 1873 

*Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

*F. J. Menet 1877-8 

♦Daniel Spry 1879-83 

"Donald Ross 1831-2 

*H. Macpherson 1883-4 

*Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

*Rob. Hendry Jr 1R87 

*R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

*J. J. Mason . 1890-1 

*J. E. Harding 1892-3 

*.T. Ross Robertson . 1894-5 

•M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

*Wm. G. Reid 1809-1900 

*Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

*A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-5 

♦John Leslie 1907-8 

•George Moore ........ 1909-10 

•Fred W. Harcourt ........ 1911-2 

♦Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

*Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-6 

*A. S. Gorrell, M.D. ...... 1917-8 

*Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

*H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

♦Richard H. Spencer ..... 1922-3 

•Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

♦Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith . . . 1928-9 

•Walter G. Price, D.D.S. 1930-1 

•Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D. 1932-3 

•Alexander Cowan 1934 

•George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

*Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

•Llewellyn F. Stephens . . . 1939-40 

•John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean . . . 1947-8 

•Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

•John A. M. Taylor ..... 1953-4 

John L. House 1955-6 

Maurice A. Searle 1957-8 

Bruce H. Smith 1959-60 

Charles W. Emmett 1961-2 

Fraser Hay. M.D 1963-4 

James E. Girven 1965-6 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals and others of the Grand 
Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario 


•Henry Robertson 1888 

•Kivas Tully 1891 

•Hugh Murray 1903 

•Harry H. Watson 1909 

*E. T. Malone 1919 

•A. T. Freed 

•Sir John M. Gibson 
•Roderick B. Dargavel 
Melville S. Gooderham 
•Reginald J. Lewis 

. 1920 
. . 1922 
. . 1941 
. . 1964 

The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Galloway, Scotland— Grand Z. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. Sir George Boae. England— Hon. Past Grand Supt. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William A. Laird, Scotland— Hon. Past Grand Scribe E. 1958. 
R. Ex. Comp. William II. Sweeting, Victoria, Australia — Hon. Past Grand Prin. 
Soj. 1958. 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada in the 
Province of Ontario 

•Thomas B. Harris 1857-1873 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-1875 

•Daniel Spry 1876-1877 

•David McLellan 1878-1891 

•Thomas Sargent 1892-1838 

•George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

*Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

•Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

•Fred J. Johnson 1949-1959 

Maurice A. Searle 1960-1961 

Robert J. Hamilton 1962-1966 





Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Earl J. McKeever 10 Julia St., Port Hope 

Alberta Charles W. Emmett ..... 27 Colwood Rd., Islington 

Argentina . Andrew Nisbet Jr 17 Sturton Rd., Weston 

Arizona Percy W. Rogers 144 Geoffrey Street, Toronto 3 

Arkansas .........J. Howard Coleman 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia . John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 



Connecticut .. Dr. L. Noble Armstrong 185 Brock St., Kingston 

Delaware Wm. J. Grierson 161 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto 12 

Dist. of Columbia B. H. Smith .169 Dufferin Ave.. Belleville 

Finland Bryan Alford 42 Forthbridge Dr., Downsview 

Florida M. S. Gooderham 244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto 7 

France George A. Phillips 39 Daniel St. Smiths Falls 

Georgia E. T. Querney 321 Laura Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho J .Sinclair 174 Dahlia Ave., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 10 


Indiana ........... A. L. Tinker 28 Anderson Street, Toronto 7 

Iowa Carroll E. Griffin .... 358 Thorold Road West, Welland 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden .... 4 Hart Street, Brantford 

Kansas A. P. Goering 72 Amelia Street, Hamilton 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana ...... Jos. Carson 689 Colborne Street, London 

Maine Lome E. Vaughan 315 Bleecker St., Belleville 



Massachusetts . . . Dr. Fraser Hay 165 Victoria Ave. N., Listowel 

Michigan .... Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. South. Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Avenue, Gait . 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries ... 53 Clegg Street, Ottawa 


Montana David Harcus 1523 Walsh St., Fort William 

Nebraska ,A. V.Roy Box 57, Napanee 

Netherlands Chas. A. Batt 16 Holloway St., Belleville 

Nevada V. L. Mutton 2 Regal Road, Apt. 401, Toronto 4 

New Brunswick . a. Cavanagh 619 Wallace St., London 

New Hampshire . N. M. Sorague . Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon 30 Spetz Street, Kitchener 

New Mexico ... J. A. Kennedy 1601 Stoneybrook Cr. N., London 

New South Wales Wellington Smith 166 Third St., Fort Frances 

New York John M. Burden 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 12 

New Zealand .... Dr. J. Austin Evans 309 Avenue Road, Toronto 7 

North Carolina ... Benjamin S. Scott 9 Prospect Avenue, London 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia ... Stanley Portch R.R. 2, 5059 Walker's Line, Milton 

Ohio . A. G. N. Bradshaw 655 Waterloo Street, London 

Oklahoma R. J. Hamilton 69 Rathburn Rd.. Islington 

Oregon John James "-Robins 316 Second St., Midland 

Pennsylvania .... John L. House 14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto 13 

Philippines William E, Gardner 18 Littlewood Cres., Etobicoke 

Quebec Maurice A: Searle 1555 Queen St. E., Apt. 501, 

Toronto 8 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachern ... Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan . . .... . j. e. Girven 581 Weller Street, Peterborough 

Scotland James Turnbull 377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 6 

South Carolina .. Herb F. Thomson 69 Clarence Street, Kingston 

South Dakota J C. Day 4 Hollis Ave.. Scarborough 

Switzerland L. B. Morrison 1222 York Mills Road, Don Mills 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham . . 438 Krug Street, Kitchener 

Texas ...;... Allan C. Mason 65 Hohner Avenue, Kitchener 

Utah Lloyd B. Gillespie 410 Eden Avenue, Ottawa 

Vermont Norman Farrington .... Niagara Parkway, Queenston 

Victoria Alex Wishart 327 Simcoe St., Woodstock 

Virginia John J. Carpenter 15 Cornelia Street, Smiths Falls 

Washington . Wm. Cecil Carson .... 250 Iona St., Ottawa 3 

Western Australia Everett C. Wood 58 Harriet St., Belleville 

West Virginia . . . W. H. Sargent Listowel 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 353 Bathurst Street, Toronto 2B 

Wyoming George Shute 426 Cartier Avenue, Sudbury 




Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Walter F. Estes 531-19th N., Birmingham 

Alberta F. B. Stewart 3918 - 1st St., N.W., Calgary 

Arizona Harold J. Fulton 218E "J" St., Chula Vista, California 

Argentina R. W. Haxell 3355 Sucre, Buenos Aires 

Arkansas L. W. Williams Box 105, Osceola 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell 1375 Kamloops St., Vancouver 

California Angus L. Cavanagh 2032 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 

Colorado C. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst 16 Highview, Norwalk 

Delaware Elmer S. Howell 2106 Jefferson St., Wilmington 2 

Dist. of Columbia C. Eugene Barnes 2544 Naylor Rd., S.E. 

Washington, D.C. 

Florida H. J. Wendland 1019 - 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elfe 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Idaho Chas. Hartung 530 No. 6th St., Payette 

Illinois Garland F. Thomas 6102 Dorchester Avenue, Chicago 37 

India Syed Safdar Imam Ali Manzil, Ground Floor, 

S.P. Varma Road. Patna 1, Bihar 

Indiana Miles A. Scheffel 8642 Crawfordsville Rd., 

Indianapolis, 46224 

Iowa L. Paul Morris Bedford 

Ireland Donald McGaughey 40 Upper Arthur St., Belfast 

Kansas Roy H. Clossen Box 335, Coffeyville 

Kentucky Allen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana Rev. Alton A. McKnight P.O. Box 6102, Schreveport 

Maine John J. Faas Benton Station 

Manitoba W. A. Maguire Hartney 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts . . . . W. F. Clark 660 Belmont Street, Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th Street, Port Huron 

Minnesota Fred Hilden International Falls 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hattiesburg 

Missouri Chester Selby Lebanon 

Montana Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Paul E. Cowles 3036 Fowler Ave., Omaha, 68111 

Netherlands D. P. Harmsen Hofbrouckerlaan 10, Oegstgeest 

Nevada Carl F. Dodge 625 W. Williams St., Fallon 

New Brunswick Fred E. Mallory .... R.R. 6, Woodstock 

New Hampshire . Rev. William Barnes . . . 

New Jersey . . Kenneth F. Crvikshank 8 Glenwood Place, Pennsville 

New South Wales Norman Soutar 8 George's River Road, Croydon 

(Australia) Park, Sydney 

New York Clifford A. McDonald . . 55 South Vernon Street, Middleport, 

New Zealand Norman B. Spencer .... Box 315, Auckland, CI 

New Mexico William L. Ranville 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N.W. 


North Carolina . . Henry A. Barrow Box 117, James City, 28550 

North Dakota ... Clifford E. Miller .1213 - 11th Ave. N., Fargo 

Nova Scotia Canon George F. Arnold 1348 Tower Rd., Halifax 

Ohio J. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Robert L. Taylor Box 187, Skintook 

Oregon .... Rex. W. Davis 841 Saginaw Street. Salem 

Pennsylvania . . . W. Irvine Weist 35E Sunbury St., Shamokin 17872 

Philippines Primo I. Guzman No. 8 E. Javinto Street, 

Mandaluyong, Rizal 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Layfayette Street, Montreal 


(Australia) Dr. L. T. Jobbins 113 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane B.17 

Rhode Island K. S. Wilder 33 Elder Ave., East Providence 

Saskatchewan Lome Johnson 503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Scotland The Rt. Hon. The Earl 

of Galloway 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina .. Wm. N. Bradford Box 903, Sumter. 29151. 

South Dakota . . . Joseph Hansen . . Horlev 

Switzerland Franz G. W. Schetelig . 43 Titlisstrasse, Zurich 

Tennessee R. K. Roney, Sr Newbern 38059, Route 2 

Texas J. O. Caruthers Box 151, Rosenburg, 77471 

Utah Robert H. Drew 1083 East 460 South, Provo 

Vermont George E. Cummings . . Windsor 


(Australia) Keith Dodgshun Stratchan St., Hopetown, Victoria 

Virginia Claude E. Schools 130 W. Belvedere Rd., Norfolk 

Washington Albert Jensen 3917 Densmore Avenue, Seattle 

Western Australia E. Blanckensee 63 Lawler St., South Perth, 

Western Australia 

West Virginia C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin Robert H. Tallman 114 Maple St., Spooner, 54801 

Wyoming Carl S. Gilbert 1610 Custer Street, Laramie 



Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Thomas W. Oliver 1 South 55th Place, Woodlawn 

P.O. Box 2822-A, Birmingham, 35212 

Alaska H. Dexter Bacon .... Box 546, Palmer 

Alberta (G.S.E.) F. J. Hand 1717-28th Avenue S.W., Calgary 

Argentina A. Lappas 1385 Arenales, Buenos Aires (R.41) 

Arizona Dwight E. Shannon ... Box 206, Winslow 

Arkansas O. B. Shaw Box 487, Fort Smith 

British Columbia (G.S.E.) E. B. Baker 4659 W. 8th Ave., Vancouver 8 

California Chester H. Newell 25 Van Ness Ave., San 

Francisco, 94102 

Colorado Harry W. Bundy Suite 770, Mas. Temple, Denver, 

Colorado 80202 

Connecticut Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain, Conn., 06050 

Delaware Raymond A. Howard .... 10 Ridgeland Rd., Lynnfield, 

Wilmington 19803 

Dist. of Columbia Marvin E. Fowler 1904 White Oaks Drive, Alexandria, 

Va.. 22306 
England (G.S.E.) J. W. Stubbs .Freemasons Hall, London, W.C.2, 

Gt. Queen Street 

Finland Jaako Merilvoto c/o Grand Lodge of Finland, 

P. Esplanaadikatu 35E. Helsinki 

Florida ...Thomas N. Morrison ... P.O. Box 1532, Lakeland. Fla., 33802 

France S. J, L. Humbert 65, Boulevard Bineau, 65 Nevilly- 

Sur-Seine (Seine) France 

Georgia W. Tom Bateman c/o Grand Chan, of Georgia, R.A.M. 

811 Mulberry Street, Macon 

Germany John G. Warren Postfach 403, Munich 1 

Idaho Roland R. Fletcher 5212 Bel Air. Boise 

Illinois Lyle Melvin P.O. Box 433. Dixon, 61021 

India .........../. .P. M. Sundaram Freemasons Hall, Janpath, 

Post Box No. 681, New Delhi, 1 

Indiana Earl B. Fornev 1204 Main St., Elwood 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin ... Box 307, Atlantic, Iowa. 50022 

Ireland James O. Harte Freemasons Hall, 17 Moleworth St., 

Dublin 2 

Kansas Chas. S. McGinness 320 West 8th Street, Toneka 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey 694 New Circle Rd. N.E. Lexington, 

Kentucky 405-05 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 209, Mas. Temnle, Alexandria, 

Louisiana. 71302 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temole, Portland. 04111 

Manitoba (G.S.E.) C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry. 

Winnipeg 19 

Maryland D. Ross Vansant, Jr. . 138 Spa View Ave.. Annapolis 21401 

Massachusetts W. F. Clark Room 703, 51 Boylston St., Masonic 

Temol^. Boston 02116 

Michigan Orlow J. Myers Masonic Temnle, 133E Michigan 

Ave., Battle Creek. Mich. 49014 
Minnesota Emil A. Wold 4645 Ewing Ave. S., (100) Minnea- 
polis, 55410 

Mississippi Cecil A. Thorn P.O. Box 1030 Meridian 

Missouri Bruce H. Hunt Box 188. Kirksville, 63501 

Montana Wm. A. Thaanum 218 So. Roberts St., Helena. 

MO. 59601 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen 401 Masonic Temple, 19th & Douglas 

Omaha 68102 

Netherlands (G.S.E.) K.L.Jacobs . . . . Michelangelostratt 33hs, 

Amsterdam — Z. 

Nevada C. A. Carlson, Jr 206 E. Telegraph, Carson City, 

Nevada 89701 
New Brunswick (G.S.E.) Ronald D. Baird 106 - 21st Ave., Edmundston 

New Hampshire . Hiram W. Johnson 3 Highland Avenue, Antrim. 03440 

New Jersey H. R. Pine 93 Irwin Place, Trenton, N.J. 08338 

New Mexico Elmer H. Rieman Post Office Box 1375. Roswell 

New South Wales G. E. W. Salier Manchester Unity Buildine, 160 

(Australia) Cpstlereagh Street, Sydney 

New York Georee A. Lambert Masonic Temole, New York, 10010 

New Zealand .... (G.S.E.) W. G. Webster Box 263, Auckland C.l 

North Carolina .. Chas. C. Ricker Masonic Temple. 80 Broadway. 

Ashevillo, N.C.. 28801 

North Dakota Delbert J. Milier Box 128 D. Devil's Lake, 58301 

Nova Scotia (Gr.-Sec.) H. F. Sipprell Box 322, Halifax 

Ohio Paul G. Lutz Masonic Temple, 3615 Fuclid Ave., 

Cleveland 15 


Oklahoma F. M. Lumbard Box 652, Muskogee 

Ontario (G.S.E.) R. J. Hamilton Room 514, Temple Bldg., Toronto 1 

Oregon F. Stanton Ford 2170 S. W. Taylors Ferry Road, 

Portland, Oregon 97219 

Pennsylvania John C. F. Kitselman . . . Masonic Temple, Broad and Filbert 

Streets, Philadelphia, 19107 

Philippines Antonio Gonzalez c/o York Rite Bodies, 1440 San 

Marceline, Manila 

Quebec (G.S.E.) H. Wall Clark .2295 St. Mark Street, Montreal 


Australia C. W. Coulter Box 425 F., G.P.O., Brisbane 

Rhode Island George H. Morris 30 Philmont Ave., Cranston, 02910 

Saskatchewan (G.S.E.) H. K. Halldorson 610 Bank of Canada Bldg., Regina 

Scotland Thomas McFarlane 76 Queen Street, Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina ... Hugh N. Layne 901 Palmetto State Life Building, 

Columbia 29201 

South Dakota . . . C. E. Buehler Box 366, Mitchell, 57301 


(Helvetia) H. O. Mauerhofer Box Transit 954, Berne 2 

Tennessee Wallace Phelan Douglas Box 216, Nashville, 37202 

Texas E. S. Winfree, Jr P.O. Box 296, Waco 

Utah Paul B. Pickering Masonic Temple, 650 East South 

Temple St., Salt Lake City, 2 

Vermont D. Burleigh Smalley Jr. Masonic Temple, Box 443, 

Victoria, Burlington 

Australia (G.S.E.) H. O. Thomas .164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.l 

Virginia Carl Frank Wood Masonic Temple, 107 W. Broad St., 

Richmond 20 

Washington Walter H. Steffey 2323 N.E. 127th St., Seattle, 25. 

Western Australia L. C. Wilson No. 6 Bank of N.S.W. Chambers, 

65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 

West Virginia George V. Gorrell Room 608, Riley Law Bldg., 

14th & Chapline St., Wheeling 26003 

Wisconsin Earl B. Bauer Room 239, 225E. Michigan St., 

Milwaukee, Wise. 53202 

Wyoming Irving E. Clark Box 1311, Casper 


(M.M.M. Lodge) Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty . Mark Masons' Hall, 40 Upper Brook 

Street, London W.l 





Committee on Award 79 

BANQUET, ANNUAL .....:.... 96 


Members 74 

Report of Committee 74 

Scholarships and Bursaries 75-79 




Committee Report ,,...79-81 


Committee on 97 

Report (see back of this book) Appendix 


Annual, Toronto 4-7 


Report 13-18 


DEMITS - ■.. 105 




Committee 109 


Report 91 


Members 94 


Members 97 

Report of 81-84 


Auditor's Report 59-60 


Names and addresses 109 


Committee on 97 

Report of Committee 84-90 


Opening 7 

Closing 96 

Call Off 91 

Call On....: 91 


Address 19 

Report of Committee on 68-71 

Visitations 21-25 


Elected 116 

Honorary 116 


List of ...::::..'...:. 117 

Roll Call 18 


Election 73 


Names and addresses 119 


Report of 54 

Past Grand Scribes E 116 


Confirmation of Appointment 106 

Reports of 35-51 


Financial Statement 52 


Committee 97 

Report of Committee 68 



Committee on 97 

Report of Committee 66 



Confirmation 13 



Appointed 94-95 

Elected 96 



Past Grand First Principals 11 

Toronto Districts 11 

Presentation of Jewels 26-27 

New Flag 12 


Committee on 97 

Report 65 

REPORTS (Committee reports listed under Committee) 

Grand Scribe E. 54-58 

Grand Superintendents 35 

Grand Treasurer 52 



Names and addresses 112 





Financial Statement 63 


Committee on 97 

Report of Committee 68 




Alphabetically Arranged 
Introduction — Maurice A. Searle, P.G.Z. 


Alabama 6 

Alaska 6 

Alberta 7 

Arizona 8 

Arkansas 9 

British Columbia 10 

California 11 

Colorado 13 

Connecticut 13 

Delaware 15 

District of Columbia 15 

England 17 

Mark Master Masons of 

England and Wales 17 

Florida 17 

Idaho 18 

Illinois 19 

India 21 

Iowa 22 

Ireland 24 

Louisiana 25 

Maine 27 

Manitoba 28 

Maryland 30 

Massachusetts 31 

Minnesota 32 

Missouri 34 

Montana ..... : . ...... 35 


Netherlands 35 

Nevada 36 

New Jersey 37 

New York 38 

New Zealand 41 

North Carolina 43 

Nova Scotia 43 

Oklahoma 44 

Oregon 44 

Pennsylvania 46 

Quebec 47 

Queensland (Australia) 48 

Rhode Island and Providence 

Plantations 50 

Scotland 51 

South Carolina 53 

South Dakota 54 

Tennessee 55 

Texas 56 

Utah 58 

Vermont 59 

Victoria (Australia) 61 

Virginia 63 

Wisconsin 64 

West Virginia (1964) 66 

West Virginia (1965) 66 

Wyoming (1964) 67 

Wyoming (1965) ... 68 

Annual Review of the Proceedings of Other Grand Chapters 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Companions of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is again my signal honor to present to Grand Chapter a Review 
of all the Proceedings received from sister grand jurisdictions with 
whom our Grand Chapter is in fraternal relationship. 

This I have found to be a monumental undertaking but it has many 
compensations together with disappointments. Compensations in the 
opportunity it affords to gain knowledge of the expressions, thoughts 
and ambitions of the leaders of the Royal Craft in their respective juris- 
dictions. Disappointments because of the grave concern expressed by so 
many regarding the complacency and lethargy of officers and com- 
panions, particularly at chapter level. Hope for the future because 
of the vision and determination of great leaders in every branch of the 
Masonic family. Pride gained in Royal Arch Masonry when one studies 
the observations made by a Grand Master of one of our sister jurisdic- 
tions when, at its annual convocation, he stated: 

"I think it can be taken for granted we all agree with the principle 
that no man can become a Companion of the Royal Craft until he has 
received the degrees of the Symbolic Lodge, namely the Entered Ap- 
prentice, Fellow Craft and the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The 
Royal Arch is an additional degree, supplying additional information. 
I subscribe to the truth that the symbolic Lodge is the great heart of 
Freemasonry. No man can sever the blood stream of his Masonic life 
from that great pulsating heart and continue to live Masonically. 

"Our first supreme allegiance is to the symbolic lodge. Just as 
surely as this is true, so it is that no Mason can have his greatest 
growth; the greatest depth to the horizon of his thoughts; or a greater 
depth of understanding; nor a vision of Masonic lore and interest in the 
symbolic lodge. 

"One needs the widening viewpoints in the Masonic ideals as por- 
trayed in the Capitular and Cryptic Degrees; he needs to continue his 
Masonic education, if you please, until it has encompassed the whole of 
Ancient Craft Masonry. Certainly Ancient Craft Masonry is not com- 
plete without the Royal Arch Degree." 

However, notwithstanding the significance of the foregoing, one is 
distressed to read the following excerpt from the address of the Grand 
High Priest of that Jurisdiction, and I quote: 

"Companions, my visits within and without the State during the 
past year have increased my concern for the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry. In this very room a year ago, at the organization meeting 
with the District Deputies, I expressed the thought that the three major 
problems confronting Royal Arch Masonry were membership, attendance 
and proficiency, and that these three problems — membership, attend- 
ance and proficiency — were fast becoming three road blocks to Royal 
Arch progress. These three factors always work together. If mem- 
bership is weak, attendance will be small and ritualistic proficiency will 
be weak." 

"My travels during the past year throughout have increased my 
concern over these three factors. I have been in Chapters that had not 
exalted a Companion for more than a year. I have been at District 
Meetings where if it had not been for those who visited with me a 
Chapter meeting could not have been opened. I have been at Chapter 
meetings where attendance, other than Line Officers, was small indeed. 
I have been in Chapters where many Line Officers were absent and their 
stations filled by others, and I have been in Chapters where many of 
the regular officers could not perform their duties with satisfaction." 

It is not my intention to analyse or comment on any other review 
of sister jurisdictions but rather to urge that the companions of our 
Grand Chapter make a personal study of the reviews and gain for 
themselves enlightenment, and I hope a stimulus to put forth a greater 
individual effort to stem the wave of apathy which seems to have beset 
Royal Arch Masonry in so many jurisdictions. I do say, with profound 
respect, that I have endeavoured to make the reviews informative, 
interesting and thought provoking. 

For some reason, apparently an economic measure, it has been 
decided that the usual booklet on Grand Chapter Fraternal Correspond- 
ence should not be printed and made available to those attending this 
Grand Chapter Convocation. If this policy was determined because of 
economy, then I am constrained to say that it is a false one. 

It has been my experience heretofore that the booklet on reviews 
is eagerly sought by those attending Grand Chapter and usually studied 
carefully when time presents itself. It is granted that the reviews will 
appear in the Proceedings of Grand Chapter but I often wonder how 
many companions are informed that a copy of the Proceedings may be 
made available to them on request to the First Principal or Chapter 
Scribe E. 

It was decided 2 or 3 years ago that rather than make available 
to constituent chapters 4 copies of the Grand Chapter Annual Proceed- 
ings, it would be lessened to 2, namely the First Principal and Scribe E. 

Moreover, may I direct attention to section 215 on page 55 of the 
Grand Chapter Constitution which dictates the responsibilities of the 
First Principal of a chapter and article 6 thereof reads as follows: "He 
shall be held responsible for the reading of the Proceedings of the An- 
nual Convocation of Grand Chapter wjiich are to be in his charge and 
preserved." May I say, in my respectful judgment this constitutional 
requirement is more frequently forgotten than used and consequently 
companions of the constituent chapters have no knowledge of Grand 
Chapter or its operations. Moreover, I am not aware that companions 
are informed that the Annual Grand Chapter Proceedings aro available 
that they may be afforded an opportunity of a study thereof. 

May I invite attention to the following excerpt, given by the Grand 
Z., Most Excellent Companion Dr. Eraser Hay in his address one year 
ago, when he stated: 

"My Companions, the history and purpose of our order is great 
enough, and its simple message grand enough, to command the respect 
of the most critical mind, and the homage of all men of good will. The 
clear outline of its purpose, method and plan, and the spirit underlining 
the work, tells its own story, — gives its own message and is capable 
of making an enduring impression. 

"But a glorious history, and an order of great purpose, — can 
never attain full function unless those to whom this heritage is left, 
accepts these responsibilities with earnestness and determination. This 
first of all must be a personal challenge. Each individual Poyal Arch 
Mason must first of all understand the great principles of Capitular 
Masonry — and once understood, make it a part of his life. Then, and 
only then, can we expect the enthusiasm, the desire, the resolve and the 
determination to really make Masonry live and grow and endure." 

Such messages will, I believe, be a vital force to eliminate the 
great danger of complacency and of contentment, which I believe is so 
prevalent in our and other jurisdictions, providing it reaches all com- 
panions in our jurisdiction. 

Because of my conviction of the need for the Review and its worth- 
whileness, I am recommending to Grand Chapter that the publication of 


the booklet on Fraternal Review be resumed and copies made available 
at Grand Chapter Convocation for those companions in attendance. 
Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

Past Grand Z. and Reviewer. 


The 138th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Alabama was held at Mobile, on February 8 and 9, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp Joseph R. Brown. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Thomas W. Oliver. 

Chapters 49; membership September 14, 1964—12,241; loss 256. 

This Reviewer gained the impression from the address of the Grand 
High Priest that his year had been a trying but happy one, and he had 
this to say regarding the "State of the Craft": 

"The Grand Secretary Report will no doubt show a loss of member- 
ship, over the year for non-payment of dues. This can be reduced I be- 
Jieve, if every member of subordinate chapters would contact these mem- 
bers and talk to them. I am also in favor of continuing Awards to 
Chapters showing the highest increase at the Annual Meeting." 

"During the year I have had to write to the Secretaries of four 
Chapters concerning Chapter matters. These letters pertained to the 
issuing of dimits, memberships and failing to answer letters of the Grand 
Secretary. I hope this matter will clear itself up. As of this date, I 
have not had an answer from these communications." 

"In the past year it has been my observation that there is a lack of 
interest in the smaller Chapters. We must continue our efforts to 
stimulate interest in our present membership and in candidates initiated, 
if Capitular Masonry is to live in Alabama." 

In his address at the Grand Chapter Banquet, the Mayor of Mobile, 
Companion Charles S. Trimmier, made some observations we should 

"Sometimes," the mayor said, "we make it appear that we ourselves 
are the dispensers of light, that light is something we manufacture our- 
selves, that we can turn it up when we choose. 

"But the truth is," he continued, "that the candle power of the indi- 
vidual is never greater than the light within the individual. No person 
can shed more light than that which is truly within him all the time; and 
that light comes from God." 

Pointing out that the only purpose of light is "to dispel the dark- 
ness — to make a way," Companion Trimmier told how it must come from 
the heart, how it must involve the expenditure of energy, how it, the 
light, can be kept shining only by loyalty and how it must have a great 

"We are given wisdom by what we learn from the past," he said. 
"No one can live long enough to learn all of the lessons of Masonry. But 
wisdom is not what we know but the use we make of what we know." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lloyd D. Durden. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Thomas W. Oliver. 


The 12th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Alaska was held in Kodiak on October 3, 1964, 
and the 13th Annual Convocation was held at Anchorage on April 17, 

Grand High Priest (1963-1964): M.E. Comp. Herman P. Gillilan. 

Grand High Priest (1964-1965): M.E. Comp. Travis L. Williams. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Chas. W. Wilson. 

Chapters 5 membership December 31, 1964 — 523; net gain 4. 

It was reported: 

"The minutes of the 12th Annual Convocation were read and 
approved. The Grand High Priest presented his annual report in which 
he welcomed the members of the Grand Chapter to Anchorage and the 
thirteenth Annual Convocation. He paid tribute to the Grand Secretary 
for his devotion to York Rite Masonry and for the help given to your 
Grand High Priest during his term of office. The Grand High Priest 
reported on his visits to all chapters with the main purpose of helping 
each where ever possible and to understand the problems of each one 

The following recommendation was made by the Jurisprudence Com- 
mittee and adopted: 

"That the proceedings of this Grand Chapter be printed only on the 
ODD numbered years, when printed shall contain the essential infor- 
mation for the two years. (Joint with Finance)" 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Rodney L. Johnson. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. H. Dexter Bacon. 


The 51st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Alberta was held in Edmonton on May 8, 1965. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. L. J. Daniels. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 

Chapters 32; membership December 31, 1964—3,823; loss 28. 

In his address the Grand First Principal did, in this Reviewer's 
judgment, give some forthright and opportune advice, and I quote: 

"Sometimes we hear the complaint that the business of Grand 
Chapter is cut and dried before-hand. This is not so. It is true that the 
general discussion takes place at the Executive Meeting. This is for the 
purpose of organizing some items of business, which might otherwise 
become too unwieldly to manage in the time at our disposal today. But, 
this does not preclude discussion on any order of business by anyone, if 
anyone has anything to bring before this Grand Convocation for the good 
of Royal Arch Masonry, he will be heard. 

"In this connection, I would mention that there are some areas, 
where there appears to be dissatisfaction with the operation of Grand 
Chapter. There seems to be a misunderstanding regarding the Consti- 
tution of Grand Chapter. The fact that Grand Chapter is what all of 
the constituent Chapters, together, have made it is sometimes over- 
looked. If Grand Chapter policy is not to our liking it must be remem- 
bered, that, that policy was determined by a majority of the constituent 
chapters in Convocation. The place to rectify that policy is here. Har- 
boring grievances can only injure the Grand design." 

"It seems to me that if we wish to stay alive, and we would not be 
here today, if we did not, we must change the general format of our 
meetings. Busy people will not spend three hours with hands folded, 
listening to the same business proceedings and ritual, which they sat 
through a month ago and months before that. We must redesign our 
programs, so as to give our meetings more educational content. Some- 
times we become so zealous in our ritualistic work, that while the work 
nears perfection, the hand of fellowship cools towards zero. Perhaps the 
answer is to reduce the number of Chapter meetings per year or else 
alternate business and degree meetings in alternate months. There is 
one aspect on which I would like to say a word at this time and that is 


our public image in relation to the Roman Catholic Church. The general 
public believes that our Masonic order is anti-Catholic. This is very un- 
fortunate because it is not true. But to a very great extent we are guilty 
of creating that impression. Our own behaviour and actions belie us. 
Many of us give every reason for strangers to believe that we are anti- 
Catholic. Indeed a great percentage of our own members believe this 
to be true. Much of the Masonic press is slanted that way. In some 
otherwise very fine publications, there appears to be two kinds of people 
— Masons and Roman Catholics. This attitude, it seems to me, can only 
destroy us in the end. If we do not take steps to rectify the situation. 
It behooves us to get back to our business of building; to help to build 
a better world for all, rather than indulge in the pastime of tearing 
down someone else. No Society, dedicated to the purpose of destruction 
can long endure. Let us therefore get on with the job of illuminating 
more brightly our own little corner, if we do this well we will not have 
time to find fault with others." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. W. B. Ruff. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. F. J. Hand. 


The 74th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons of Arizona, was held at Prescott, October 28, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp Pauling B. Forry. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Dwight E. Shannon. 

Chapters 16, membership December 31, 1963 — 1,996; net loss 5. 

The Grand High Priest proved in his address that he had accepted 
the challenge of his office. The following recommendation is note- 
worthy : 

"I recommend that the study of the small Chapter problems be con- 
tinued through the coming mid^year with an opportunity there for the 
struggling Chapters to present their needs and plans for meeting them." 

And finally: 


"York Rite Masonry has sustained the necessity of the Royal Arch 
when the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar thoroughly tabled 
an amendment to eliminate the requirement of the Chapter in applying 
for the Commandery. 

"Masons advance by degrees. We all respect the orders which may 
come after the degrees but our responsibilities in Chapter are to con- 
tinue the dispensing of Masonic light and knowledge by degrees. A 
thorough study of our four degrees will present the normal thesis and 
antithesis, the normal pro and con of every life problem. When our 
Companions follow the final instructions of our High Priests advice in 
closing we will be prepared to face, with courage, the constant change 
within our order and beyond it. 

"As in my talks, I offered conformity versus individuality, the 
Authority of the Leader under the suffrage of the followers, the useful- 
ness of what we can see housing a glory beyond our eyes and finally the 
symbolic word which gives eternal whom the Heaven of Heavens cannot 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Thomas J. Rosser. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Dwight E. Shannon. 



The 115th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Arkansas was held at Little Rock, February 17, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ormand B. Shaw. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles D. Hill. 

Chapters 55; membership December 31, 1963—7,348; net loss 129. 

The following excerpt from a short address given by the Grand 
Master, Most Worshipful Brother Frank A. Smith, should be assimilated 
by all: 

"... What we have done as we have come in our public life and 
frankly, in much of our religious life, to a point where we are putting 
a man God ahead of the God man as our Fathers knew and much of our 
trouble is stemming from this worship of Man. Now I think that the 
Masonic Fraternity has sense enough to know whether it be in this 
branch of the family or in the symbolic Lodge. I think that the Masonic 
Fraternity has sense enough to know that as a Bishop said, Religion 
is the way you reach upward and Morality is the way that you stretch 
your religion out to those around you. I think that the Masonic 
Fraternity can well be the door by which we reverse our thinking and 
go back to the God man of our Fathers and I think that we holding 
true to the ancient landmarks and to the heritage and customs of the 
past, can in a very large sense be the salvation of the world." 

The Grand High Priest obviously spent much time travelling 
throughout his jurisdiction and was optimistic of the future, as the 
following indicates: 

"In reviewing the year that has just passed, and in attempting to 
give you in a capsule an estimate of the state of the rite as it now is, I 
cannot but feel that the York Rite of Masonry is on the upswing. This 
is not because of anything that I have done during my year as the head 
of the Grand Chapter, but it is due to a dedicated group of Masons who 
have finally put their shoulder to the wheel and begun to work. 

"For example, the net loss of this Grand Chapter this year has been 
cut by approximately 100. Our suspensions also have been cut under 
last year by about the same amount. Even our deaths, and certainly 
we cannot claim credit for this, is below that suffered the year before. 
At the same time our affiliations this year were 10 less than last year, 
our reinstatements this year were 9 less than in the previous year, and 
finally, our exaltations were considerably under those of last year. About 
88 less in fact. If these had held up then we would have shown a gain 
for the first time in several years. Can you see how close we are coming, 
just a little more attention to the affairs of our Chapter and we would 
have had it made. 

"I say we are on our way because I can detect a difference in the 
spirit of the Companions over the State and many of the small Chapters 
that have had no work or at least only one exaltation a year, have 
begun to move and to exalt three or four. If by some miracle we can 
build a fire under the larger Chapters in the State, such as Union 
Chapter No. 2, Fay Hempstead Chapter No. 144, El Dorado Chapter No. 
114, and Belle Vue Chapter No. 8, which is my own home Chapter, and 
get them back to work again, this Grand Chapter can get back in tho 
black in the gain and loss column. 

"I am not inclined to be downhearted for I feel that we are begin- 
ning to move again and with your help this Grand Chapter will grow 
and prosper." 

Elections — 

Grand High Friest: M.E. Comp. Olin Mitchell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Ormand B. Shaw. 


British Columbia 

The 47th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia (With Jurisdiction Over the 
Yukon Territory) was held in New Westminster on June 15, 1965. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Richard Thomas Litt. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Edgar B. Baker. 

Chapters 41; membership December 31, 1964 — 5,581; net loss 3. 

The Grand Z. in his address reported: 

"During my official visits I was impressed by the orderly and effi- 
cient manner in which the Chapter business was handled. They appeared 
to be well governed, in good financial circumstances, Chapter Rooms 
adequate and well furnished. There was a fine spirit of co-operation 
among the Officers and they all appeared to be aware of the difficulties 
confronting them, the chief ones being, poor attendance and lack of 
applications for membership. Space will not permit me to give you a 
full account of my visits, so will be content in giving you a list of them. 
I endeavoured to make my visits on regular meetings whenever possible 
and joint meetings when advisable." 

The following amendment to the Chapter By-laws is of interest and 
was approved: 

"Prescribing method of paying installments of fee for Exaltation, 

This Reviewer pays his respects and admiration for the continued 
devotion of M.E. Comp. E. B. Baker, the Grand Scribe E., who has done 
so much for Masonry and particularly Royal Arch Masons in British 
Columbia. I was glad to note the Grand Z. say in his address: 

"To all Grand Chapter Officers and Members who so freely and 
willingly gave their advice and assistance when called upon and sup- 
ported me on my official visits, I tender my heartiest thanks and appre- 
ciation, and especially to M.E. Comp. Baker, our Grand Scribe E., with- 
out whose counsel and guidance I feel I could never have fulfilled the 
duties of my office." 

And finally: 

"I feel that our Bulletin 'The Keystone' is filling a vital need in 
conveying items of interest throughout the Grand Jurisdiction, especially 
to those Companions in outlying districts and also those who cannot 
attend their Chapters through distance, sickness or business interests, 
and are still interested in Capitular Masonry; and I would urge any 
Companion who has anything interesting or instructive to offer, to for- 
ward same to the Editor, M. Ex. Comp. E. B. Baker. 

"To my disappointment, the Bursary Fund is not being supported by 
the Companions with the enthusiasm the Fund warrants." 

The following report of the Bursary Committee will now interest 
the Companions in our Jurisdiction*. 

"In 1955 this Grand Chapter opened the Bursary Fund with invest- 
ments from its own treasury valued at $7,000.00. By the continued sup- 
port of the Companions as evidenced by donations totalling $1,589.67 
this year the fund should reach $24,000.00 and it will be possible to pro- 
vide for more awards or alternatively increase the amount of those now 

"Three in the amount of $300.00 each were given last year and we 
have undertaken to repeat that number this year for similar amounts." 

"It is well to point out that only the investment income is being used 
and that all monies contributed to the fund since its inception remain 
intact and are available to this Grand Chapter should there be a decision 
at any time to change the nature of this project. 


"Your Committee commends the efforts of those appointed by the 
Grand First Principal to stimulate interest in the fund within their 
respective districts. It is the earnest hope of the Committee that similar 
appointments will again be made so that the need for contributions to 
the fund may continue to be brought to the attention of the Chapters. 
This is essential in order to reach more of the Chapters. Donations 
came in from 25 Chapters during the year and it is the sincere wish of 
your Committee that the Bursary Fund will appear prominently on the 
agendas of the other 16 Chapters during the coming year." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. Thos. R. Smalley. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Edgar B. Baker. 


The 111th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of California was held at San Francisco April 26 and 27, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George K. Harry. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Chester H. Newell. 

Chapters 124 membership December 31, 1964—33,874; net loss 517. 

Here we find the Grand High Priest on a more optimistic note, and 
I quote: 

"In spite of the seemingly passive state into which so many fraternal 
and other organizations have slipped during the recent years, the con- 
tinued aggressive and optimistic attitude of our Grand Chapter and all 
of its subordinate Chapters in knowing and recognizing that this momen- 
tary lull is but a passing phase, has definitely keyed our organization to 
a clearer knowledge and better understanding of the problem, how to cope 
with it and to provide means for the continued acceptance and spread 
of Capitular Masonry. 

"It is hoped that during your attendance at this Grand Session you 
will receive many helpful ideas which will be of material assistance to 
you in the future planning of beneficial work and leadership for your 
own Chapter. May it prove to be a source of inspiration to you and 
through you to each member of your Chapter to strive more diligently 
to enhance the value and goodness which is inherent in Capitular 

Here we find something most unusual in the spheres of Masonry 
and your Reviewer wonders how such a plan or recommendation would 
be received in our Jurisdiction: 


"Probably the most distinguished characteristics of a Mason are his 
love of freedom and liberty, the two great foundation stones upon which 
he rears the noble edifice of America's Democracy. While his tools are 
many, none are more powerful than those acquired by EDUCATION. 

"It was my pleasure, along with the Grand Council and Grand 
Commandery, to issue a joint communication concerning the observance 
of this Masonic affair. Masons throughout the State will observe Public 
Schools Week and unite in focussing attention upon this invaluable 
source from which is drawn the inspiration and ability to build a nation 
wherein its people enjoy personal freedom and liberty unequalled in all 
the world. 

"Very few indeed are found who support more strongly public 
school education than the Masons of this State and this Nation. All too 
few of our citizens are cognizant of the debt we owe to teachers, and 
to those in the field of education who labor unceasingly to inspire to 
greater heights the destiny of Americans. 


"FREE EDUCATION for ALL men in a country IS THE KEY- 
STONE in the grand structure of a democracy. It is the one field in 
which none dare to stand still. We must coordinate all our activities 
and exert every effort not only to stay abreast of the educational needs 
of the hour, but to forge ahead of them. 

"Learning and teaching are never-ending tasks. Both need our 
support. In this manner we safeguard our future survival. Edmund 
Burke once sagely stated "Education IS the chief defense of nations'. 
Even the old warrior Bismark, a century ago warned his people by 
stating: 'The nation that has the schools HAS THE FUTURE'. 

"Let all of us as Masons redouble our efforts to support, to 
strengthen, and to advance public school education. For as Jesus said 
in the 32nd Verse of the 8th Chapter of the Book of St. John: 'YE 

However, again we find concern over the "State of the Order", as 
I quote the Grand High Priest in part: 

"It would appear that the upward surge of Masonry, as well as 
that of other fraternal organizations, has slightly diminished during the 
past few years. This is a matter of great concern to all of us and we 
are diligently seeking to find adequate remedies. Undoubtedly the 
greatest problem facing us today is that of Withdrawals and Suspen- 
sions. And it is undeniably true that many of the Companions we lose 
might have been retained or saved by proper treatment. In this regard, 
I feel the Council Officers of the Chapter and the Inspector of the 
District, should have the responsibility of closely scrutinizing the Sec- 
retary's records on delinquent members and on letters requesting with- 
drawals. This factor becomes increasingly apparent when you realize 
that each year, for many years past, the number of members lost 
through withdrawals or suspensions alone average over 50% of our 
total loss. This is a potent factor and should be given prior considera- 
tion in our sustained efforts to reduce its figures to an absolute mini- 
mum. We must never lose sight of the fact that a member saved is a 
member gained. And agaain, today we are facing an extremely low per- 
centage of membership attendance at our meetings. Each and every 
one of us should be constantly on the alert to receive and act upon any 
and all suggestions of ways and means to attract more of our members 
to our meetings. This will require constant and diligent application 
but the net results will be rewarding." 

"Again an ever present problem with which we are constantly being 
faced is that of mediocre ritualistic work in many of our Chapters. As 
a matter of fact, Royal Arch Chapters have been accused of doing the 
poorest work in Masonry. While we deplore the thinking of some along 
these lines, whether true or not, it is an undeniable fact that a good 
rendition of our Ritual, given with proper dignity and decorum, will 
definitely attract members to our Chapters, whereas a performance given 
in a slovenly, disinterested manner or with a clownish attitude displayed 
on the part of participating officers will positively result in driving 
members away . . ." 

But finally, let us all take heed of what he said in conclusion: 

"We realize that Royal Arch Masonry in California, like all other 
organizations, fraternal and otherwise, is confronted with the ever 
existent problem of extending its sphere of influence particularly in 
the realm of expanding membership. While there apparently is no 
known panacea for immediately overcoming this current problem there 
is the knowledge that it can be materially circumscribed if every chapter 
and every member works diligently and with constructive aggressive- 
ness to spread and inculcate the basic principles of our organization. 


"So, Companions, as we look into the future, let us all have un- 
bounded confidence in the continuance and growth of Capitular Masonry. 
The problems of today are not unlike those of yesterday which reared 
up, were met and adequately handled. 

"Throughout our Ritual we continually find so many references to 
courage and fortitude, zeal and fidelity, union and friendship, that one 
cannot help but emphatically urge each and every Companion to dili- 
gently serve his Chapter and Grand Chapter to the utmost of his ability. 
Each one of us, whether we realize it or not, possess talents and ability 
which, when properly directed in the right channels, can definitely 
play an important and deciding part in the strengthening and spreading 
of our organization. The simple task of attending Chapter meetings; 
actively participating in the work of various Committees undoubtedly 
would provide a deciding impetus and encouragement towards the 
stimulation of the general activity of the Chapter; would be conducive 
of better ritualistic performance on the part of the Chapter Officers. 
TRY IT! Fill the Side Lines and watch your Chapter grow." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. E. Monroe Foster. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Chester H. Newell. 


The 90th Annual Convocaton of The Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Colorado as held at Denver on January 28, 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Clarke H. King. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 

Chapters 55; membership January 28, 1965 — 6,701; net loss 157. 

The Grand High Priest had a busy year and certainly realized quick- 
ly that hard work was essential at all levels if Capitular Masonry was 
to survive: I quote from his address accordingly: 

"In this modern world that we live in today, publicity plays a large 
part in our every day living. We as top salesman, competing against 
T.V., sports and lack of energy to leave the rocking chair, must know 
the product we have, and then prove to our brother Masons that they 
need it, to complete their search for Light. The Chapters must put on 
programs of interest to educate the members and to give them some- 
thing to talk about. There is still a third element needed to make your 
Chapter successful— WQJIK." 

And later: 

"Sorry to say, Colorado is again in the loss column. We exalted 166 
but with a loss of 164 by deaths. We lost 182 bv demits and suspensions 
to show a loss of 157 for the year. Why? In this era of prosperity, new 
cars and color T.V. it should not be money. Lack of interest in Masonry? 
Maybe. Has your Chapter started a program of activities and education 
for your members, to hold their interest in Capitular Masonry? Our old 
methods are not correcting the situation, let's try something new." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James D. Hartman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry W. Bundy. 


The 167th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chap- 
ter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut was held in Hartford, May 15, 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Russell E. Rose. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 


Chapters 45; membership April 15, 1965 — 8,884; net loss 23d. 

The Grand High Priest had a busy term as will be seen from the 
following part of his address: 

"It has been a busy year and an active year, one of the most enjoy- 
able yeairs of my life. I have had the happy privilege of bringing the 
fraternal greetings of this Grand Chapter as far north as St. John's, 
Newfoundland, across Canada, Montreal and Toronto, all the New Eng- 
land States and Middle Atlantic States, as far south as Richmond, Vir- 
ginia. Also, I was privileged to be invited to attend our own Grand 
Lodge, Grand Council, Grand Commandery and The Connecticut Council 
of Deliberation, Scottish Rite, and in all these visitations I was received 
most cordially and entertained most graciously. 

"I likewise had the happy privilege of travelling the length and 
breadth of this Grand Jurisdiction, where I was always accorded a most 
hospitable welcome." 

He also stated: 

"William Shakespeare has a quotation which I believe is most fit- 
ting. 'This above all else, to thine ownself be true.' You have but to ask 
yourselves and I would suggest you in turn, request your membership 
to ask themselves this question. If every member of my chapter was a 
member just like me, what kind of a chapter would my chapter be? 
For some, the answer to this question comes easy, but for many, con- 
siderably more difficult. 

"No man can live unto himself alone, nor can any organization exist 
for very long without a definite purpose. The ideals and principles of 
Royal Arch Masonry have existed for 167 years in this Grand Jurisdic- 
tion. They are real and vital and will continue so, if we but have the 
courage and determination to practice and perpetuate them. For in this 
way, and in this way alone, can we live up to the rich heritage which 
has been temporarily entrusted to our care. I sincerely trust we shall 
not be found wanting." 

In conclusion he said: 

"If something has impressed me more than anything else, it must 
be that the application, in the lives and living of men, of our Masonic 
Creeds and beliefs does change men. I think it is because Masonry dem- 
onstrates and proves that our highest happiness, our highest usefulness, 
is only realized when we keep God as our center, and are in fellowship 
with Him. Also, I believe that our influence for good does not lie in 
numerical strength — important as this is — but in the practice of those 
eternal principles upon which our great Order is founded. 

"Certainly Capitular Masonry is the beneficiary of a symbolism and 
a Masonic heritage for which no Companion need ever make apology. It 
represents an unfolding vista of those moral heights men have attained 
through unswerving fidelity, unselfishness, service and sacrificial aban- 
donment to a cause. It presents ever-widening horizons of revealed 
truth, and a fuller interpretation of those sublime lessons which are 
not completely explained in the symbolic lodge. 

"We can look back over 167 years of continuous activity, and can 
point with some pride to the accomplishments that have been made in 
the past generations. We also point with pride to the accomplishments 
of our forefathers. They saw a branch of Masonry which has a more 
direct connection with actual scripture than most of the other degrees 
of Freemasonry; they saw a great amount of spiritual good to be 
gleaned form a study of this most interesting part of Masonry; they 
saw an opportunity to continue their fellowship and friendship, which 
began with their entrance into Craft Masonry. 


"My Companions, the history and purpose of our Order is great 
enough, and its simple message grand enough, to command the respect 
of the most critical mind, and the homage of all men of good will. The 
clear outline of its purpose, method and plan, and the spirit underlying 
the work, tells its own story — gives its own message and is capable of 
making an enduring impression. 

"But a glorious history, and an order of great purpose, can never 
attain full function unless those to whom this heritage is left, accept 
these responsibilities with earnestness and determination. This, first of 
all, must be a personal challenge. Each individual Royal Arch Mason 
must first of all understand the great principles of Capitular Masonry 
and, once understood, make it a part of his life. Then, and only then, 
can we expect the enthusiasm, the desire, the resolve and the deter- 
mination to really make Masonry live and grow and endure. 

"My Companions, let us then with broad vision and purposeful 
effort, demonstrate to the world, our courage, our convictions, our faith 
and our love, and then 'our work' as 'Royal Arch Masons' will survive." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Wolcott S. Bissell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bliss W. Clark. 


The 97th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Delaware was held at Wilmington, January 16, 1965: 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Warren W. Edinger, Jr. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 

Chapters 5; membership December 31, 1964 — 980; net loss 21. 

The Grand High Priest in his address presented a note of optimism, 
and I quote: 

"The traditional method of demonstrating the condition of the Rite 
has been the figures showing the net loss or net gain in the membership 
of the jurisdiction. 

"This year in Delaware is an exception. A new spirit in Capitular 
Masonry has shown its face. A group of High Priests and Past High 
Priests, have, on their own initiative, taken the preliminary steps which 
we hope will lead to the formation of a Royal Arch Chapter in Claymont. 

"This act, along with the work in Kent and Hope Chapters, leads 
me to believe that Capitular Masonry in Delaware is ready again to 
resume the march." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Samuel A. Wise. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Raymond A. Howard. 

District of Columbia 

The 98th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the District of Columbia was held at Washington on Febru- 
ary 13, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Ellis V. Gregory. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Marvin E. Fowler. 

Chapters 8; membership December 31, 1964 — 3,436; net loss 105. 

It is worthy of note to record part of the report by Ex. Comp. 
Lucien G. Yung, the Grand Visitor and Lecturer, and our representative 
near the Grand Chapter of the District of Columbia. I quote as follows: 

"As the new year begins, we rightfully may look forward to a year 


of significant achievements and useful service to God, Country and our 
Fellow Man. We, individually and collectively, have the talents needed 
for success, and the opportunities to perform are boundless in number. 
Our accomplishments will be limited only by the degree of Initiative, 
Energy, Enthusiasm and Leadership each of us devotes to advancing 
the puropses of Royal Arch Masonry. 

"Possibly, in our activities, as groups or as individuals, we will en- 
counter disappointments and frustrations — things may not always pro- 
gress on the scale we hoped for or with the speed we desired. But the 
only real failure we will ever know will be a failure on our part to make 
an effort. If we but stay within the bounds of our obligations as Masons 
—the ONLY mistake we can make is TO DO NOTHING . . . 

"With the exception of one Chapter, the average attendance for all 
other Chapters has not improved from that of last year. While this may 
appear to be a slight drop it is never-the-less of great concern as it is 
a continuance of a trend that has been experienced for several years. 
I must once more draw to the attention of all Companions the serious- 
ness of this problem. It is only through regular attendance that our 
Companions are able to appreciate the lessons of our gentle philosophy. 
By their absence these Companions also deprive the officers of their 
support and encouragement and thereby contribute, in many cases, to 
careless and improper ritualistic work. It is strongly recommended that 
every Chapter take cognizance of this situation and conduct open dis- 
cussions where in the problem may be thoroughly studied and action 
taken to restore these members to active participation in our ceremonies. 

"It therefore becomes necessary for the officers and especially the 
High Priest of each Chapter to create interest which will bring out the 
membership. We must guard against complacency in the changing pat- 
tern of today's living with all its counter attractions. We need to have 
a deep sense of loyalty to our Chapter. 

"For our Order to continue we must have members. For us to gain 
members the officers of the Chapters must have a PROGRAM. It will 
be noted that those Chapters having well planned programs are strong- 
est, while those that wait until a week before the meeting to decide 
what is to happen, are the weakest." 

In a similar vein, the Grand High Priest stated, in part: 
"Our net loss in membership for the last Capitular year was 105. 
This fact is not beautiful nor does it present a healthy situation. How- 
ever, this is not the place for bemoaning the past but rather the time 
to look forward into the future and find ways of increasing our member- 
ship . . ." 

And, finally: 

"I know that few of us possess that rare magic through which their 
High Priest could inspire the officers and members to put forth their 
best effort in the endeavour to enhance the prestige of their chapter. 
But all of us, by taking a more positive attitude, can attempt to dissi- 
pate that miasmic atmosphere, caused by apathy and disinterestedness, 
which seems to pervade this jurisdiction. 

"There are many eligible Masons who have not yet received the 
so-called higher degrees. Let us at every opportunity make known the 
valuable attributes of York Rite Masonry, so that we will attract those 
Masons to our bodies. 

"Let us make certain that our meetings are interesting, and make 
certain that the members will be made aware that the meetings are to 
be worth attending. 


"Let us serve Masonry not only with our lips but with our heads 
and our hearts and dedicate ourselves to the advancement of Capitular 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. A. Edmund Johnson. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Marvin E. Fowler. 


Regular Convocations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of England were held at Freemasons' Hall, London, on February 
10, 1965, April 29, 1965 and November 10, 1965. 

First Grand Frincipal: M.E. Comp. Rt. Hon. The Earl of Scarbrough, 
K.G., G.C.I.E., G.C.V.O., T.D. 

Grand Scribe E.: E. Comp. James W. Stubbs. 

That Capitular Masonry is flourishing and progressing is best ob- 
served from the large number of applications received for the formation 
of new Chapters. It is also worthy of note that all applications read in 
part "For a chapter to be attached to Lodge No " 

It will be of interest to all to observe the following quotation from 
the Proceedings of April 29, 1985: 

"The M.E. The First Grand Principal: Companions, I have to an- 
nounce that under the Royal Arch Regulations, bv virtue of my position 
as Grand Master in the Craft, I automatically assume the office of 
First Grand Principal. 

"Similarly M.E. Comp. the Rt. Hon. the Earl Cadogan, Deputy 
Grand Master, assumes the office of Second Grand Principal. 

'I also have great pleasure in re-appointing M.E. Comp. Bishop 
Herbert as Third Grand Principal." 

Sir George Boag, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., an Honorary Member of our 
Grand Chapter, was re-appointed President, Committee of General Pur- 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales 

The Quarterly Communications were held at Freemasons' Hall, Lon- 
don, with the Grand Master, M.W. Bro. The Rt. Hon. Lord Harris, M.C., 
V.L., on the Throne, assisted by R.W. Bro. Major R. L. Loyd, O.B.E., 
M.C., the Deputy Grand Master. 

It was reported that, for three months ending December 31, 1964, 
947 applications for Mark Certificates had been received, and for 3 
months ending March 31, 1965, 1219 applications. 

Your Reviewer read with interest the report of a deputation to India 
for the formation and consecration of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master 
Masons of India on March 4, 1965. This reveals further proof of the 
great progress of Masonry in India. 

At the Quarterly Communication held March 9, 1965, M.W. Bro. The 
Rt. Hon. Lord Harris, M.C., V.L. was elected for the twelfth consecutive 


The 118th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Florida was held at Orlando, May 19 and 20, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Henry Ashton Brosnaham, Jr. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Thomas Nelson Morrison. 

Chapters 48; membership December 31, 1964 — 9,614; net loss 40. 

The Grand High Priest has this to say regarding the State of the 


"There has been a loss in membership, (approximately 40, due most- 
ly to the fact that many of the Chapters have cleaned house. Have sus- 
pended many of those inactive uninterested members who have been 
habitually delinquent year after year. This number has been increased 
by the loss of those members who have been taken from us by death. 
This plus the fact that some of the Chapters have missed the opportu- 
nity of securing as many petitions as they could have. And while it is 
true that we should show a normal increase in membership each year, 
as I have frequently pointed out I feel that the important thing for 
York Rite Masonry in Florida today is to render a service or services 
so important that our Brothers of the Blue Lodge will want to join with 

"All of the District Deputy Grand High Priests of the State have 
rendered to me a complete report of the activities and the proposed 
activities of every Chapter in their respective District, and a definite 
answer to each of the four questions as to the objectives which were 
recommended at the beginning of the year. Although all of the Chapters 
have not been able to accomplish progress on all of the projects request- 
ed, there has been generally a fine response and a good spirit of co- 

"The Grand Commandery, the Grand Council and the Grand Chap- 
ter have operated throughout the year in complete unity, and in this 
respect, I feel that the Grand Bodies of this State of Florida are defi- 
nitely leading the Nation." 

He also offered the following suggestions: 

"1. Charity, I feel that every Chapter should have a Charity Fund, 
and see that it is put to a useful purpose. 
2. Every Chapter should have a school program with the ultimate 
purpose of giving scholarships or awards. Don't let the Federal 
Government take over the entire educational system of our 
3". I feel that all Chapters should have some worthy civic or com- 
munity project such as playgrounds, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 
Rainbow or Demolay. If the York Rite Bodies in your commu- 
nity should pass out of existence, how many people would real- 
lv know or care? 
4. Each Chapter should publicize its worthy objectives, and let 
the people in the community know what we stand for and what 
we are trying to do. Make use of all news media. I have urged 
all Chapters to erect road signs in their cities so that the Public 
and our travelling Companions know where and when we meet. 
'Let your Light so shine before men that they may see your 
good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.' " 
Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Roy Richardson Wright, Jr. 
Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Thomas Nelson Morrison. 


The 57th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Roval Arch 
Masons of the State of Idaho was held at Idaho Falls, on May 19 and 20, 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edmund E. Simmerman. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. R. R. Fletcher. 

Chapters 21; membership December 31, 1964 — 2,892; net loss 58. 

In his address the Grand High Priest reported, in part, as follows: 

"We find that on examining the 1964 reports from the chapters that 


again, as in most years past, we show a net loss in membership. The 
angel of death continues to claim more companions than any other single 
cause with suspension for non-payment of dues accounting for nearly 
as many. The net loss this year, according to my computations, is 60. 

"Companions, effort must be made by every Royal Arch body and 
each companion if we are to continue to survive. Eight years ago, almost 
to the day I asumed the office of Grand Master of the First Veil. During 
that convocation the report of the Grand Secretary showed a member- 
ship of 3027 and today, again by my figures, we show a membership of 
2,890 — a loss of 237 in eight years, or an average of 30 per year. How 
long can we continue at this rate? At the 1963 Triennial, this same 
concern was expressed and it was reported there that unless we go to 
work, by the year 2000, York Rite Masonry will be non-existent. Respon- 
sibility for survival is in part ours. 

"The ritualistic work observed during official visitations ranged 
from fair to excellent, with good work, true work, square work being 
exemplified in most instances. With little effort on the part of a few, 
chapter opening and degree work could be considered good to excellent." 

Also, one recommendation is worthy of note, particularly to our 

"Recommendation No. 1 concerns the image of Freemasonry being 
presented to the public today. I would recommend that the heads of the 
various Masonic bodies in this jurisdiction meet within the next 90 days 
to appraise the Image of Freemasonry in Idaho and collectively develop 
a publicity campaign for use by all bodies to improve this Image." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William C. Jones. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. R. R. Fletcher. 


The 116th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Illinois was held at Chicago, May 21 and 22, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Oscar William Ankarberg. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 

Chapters 170; membership December 31, 1964 — 27,566; net loss 

Most Worshipful Brother Clarence Schwarz, Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Illinois was presented and his address contains many 
potent observations, some of which are as follows: 

"The fact that you are meetine here today is certainly indicative 
that there is an interest in Royal Arch Masonry, which reflects to 
Ancient Craft Masonry and the entire Masonic structure. Ancient Craft 
Masonry, as all of you know, is the parent body and yet we have ar- 
rived at that time in the history of mankind when Ancient Craft Mason- 
ry can no longer stand all by itself, no longer remain aloof or alone 
and believe that it can continue indefinitely for the worthy purposes for 
which it was established and formed. Yes, there is an interest here be- 
cause you Brethren make it evident by your attendance. 

"Fraternalism isn't considered in the same light today that it was 
just twenty-five years ago, to say nothing about a hundred years ago. 
We are living in a different age, people make it so and that makes it 
more and more important that we stand shoulder to shoulder in all of 
our endeavors to promote the interests of the world's greatest Fraternal 
organization, because we are the last bulwark in the world today of 
freedom and of gatherings such as this uninterrupted. Man has reached 


the stage in life through scientific achievement where he can destroy 
the world in a few moments. 

"You and I have a tremendous responsibility, as Masons, as Royal 
Arch Masons, as Royal and Select Masters, as Knights Templar, as 
members of the Scottish Rite, as members of the Shrine and all other 
appendant bodies — we have a tremendous obligation because the people 
of the free world and even some of those who are in the Iron Curtain 
countries, still respect, honor and revere the people of the United States 
because of what they have done in the last two hundred years and what 
is expected of them in the years ahead. 

"So you see, my Companions, it isn't important what you and I do 
here at Grand Chapter Session as nearly as it is when we are away 
from the Lodge meeting or the Chapter meeting or other Masonic meet- 
ings, because the people of the outside world, those who have not yet 
associated themselves with us, will base their opinions upon what we 
do, how we act, the words that we speak in our daily lives, with our 
business associates, with our neighbors. Perhaps that may be the only 
Masonic ritual they will hear, but they will judge us by it. Our actions 
away from our meetings will be the only ceremonial floor work that 
they will see and so they will judge us by it. 

"This is how we recruit individuals to become members of this 
great fraternity and Ancient Craft Masonry, the father and mother of 
all of them, certainly must be sustained because from it you and the 
other organizations draw its material. So it is important that there 
is a recognition of the basic foundations of Masonry. 

"We have changed our ways of thinking over the period of years 
and that is only natural, because of changing conditions. It is up to every 
one of us not to change, however, or to attempt to interfere with the 
basic principles of Freemasonry — the high ideals, the tradition. No one 
wants to disturb them, but then it would be well to actually take a look 
at our structure, because all buildings, no matter how solidly, how 
strongly they are built, must be kept in good repair or they will deterior- 
ate. By this I mean that we must re-evaluate what we have, trv to per- 
form constructive actions so that all of us, the entire scheme of Free- 
masonry, will move forward together in a body." 

The Grand High Priest obviously spent a very busy term of office 
and the following extracts from his address are to me most interesting: 

"It is not often that an organization is favored with a public rela- 
tions committee as efficient as the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the 
State of Illinois. I cannot say enough for the members of this committee, 
especially the dedication of the Chairman, Companion William G. Mateer, 
who has given this Grand Chapter more publicity than it was throught 
possible. He has the ability to take several reports from different com- 
panions and condense them into a story that is complete and concise. 
My sincere congratulations to him and the others on this committee for 
a job well done." 

"I entered upon the duties of this office with a feeling of the great- 
est optimism that we would have a very good year. That our exaltations 
would exceed any year for a long time. I am very sorry to report that 
my optimism has not gone along with the facts as the report of the 
Grand Secretary, I believe, will attest. We cannot go along with this 
situation very much longer, with a constantly decreasing membership 
and the resultant loss in revenue. 

"However, I am still optimistic that we will come out of the lethargy 
in which we find ourselves and that this next year will find ourselves 
in a much better condition. 

"I have every confidence in our incoming Grand High Priest and 


that the enthusiasm he will generate will convince all of us to work 
much harder and obtain more members than we have ever done before. 
Several plans are underway which could accomplish this result, but I 
will leave it to him to expound on these as he sees fit." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. G. Wilbur Bell. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lyle R. Melvin. 


The fourth regular convocation of the Supreme Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of India was held at Freemasons' Hall, Kirkee 
(Poona) on July 30, 1965. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Bhogilal C. Shah. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. P. M. Sundaram. 

This Grand Chapter is a most welcome addition to our Fraternal 
Correspondence and Reviews. Indeed, your Reviewer has the honour and 
privilege of representing the Grand Lodge of India near the Grand Lodge 
of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 

It was reported that 44 Grand Chapters have so far extended frat- 
ernal recognition to the Supreme Grand Chapter of India. 

The First Grand Principal in his address stated, in part: 

"I should like to avail of this mid-term Convocation to make a few 
observations of a general nature. Our Supreme Grand Chapter was in- 
augurated in November 1963 with 36 Foundation and 18 Original Chap- 
ters and 1720 members. As on 31st December 1964, we had 58 Chapters 
and 1845 members. As many as 44 Grand Chapters of the world have 
extended fraternal recognition to, and exchanged Representatives with 
us. Our general financial position is sound. On the whole, therefore, we 
have every reason to be satisfied v/ith our work and achievements in the 
last 20 months. 

"We have now- to consider about the future. I would like to em- 
phasise that the success of Grand Chapter depends, in part, on the man- 
ner in which we in, Grand Chapter and our Regional Grand Chapters 
conduct our affairs; and in a large measure on the efficient and effec- 
tive way in which our daughter Chapters function. On this occasion I 
shall confine my remarks to the role of daughter Chapters. 

"We have men of education, ability, experience, integrity and char- 
acter, in our Craft. Of these, only those who feel the urge for that daily 
advancement in knowledge which is enjoyed on us that go forward to 
join the Royal Arch and other Degrees. Therefore, I believe I am cor- 
rect in stating that in our Chapters we have members with the requisite 
Masonic training and experience, and of proved worth. They have, by 
and large, done us very well in the past and if we give them some indi- 
cation of what needs to be done, there is no reason to believe that they 
will not continue to give of their best in the future as well, so that R.A. 
Masonry may progress as it should. 

"It is well-known that no institution can render effective and useful 
service unless it is strong and viable. A Masonic institution is no excep- 
tion to this general rule. A Chapter must therefore be strong in every 
respect, membership, finance, etc. Unlike in the case of a I odge, we have 
no inhibitions in respect of canvassing for membership for a Chapter. 
We are permitted to explain the scope and purpose of the Royal Arch 
Degree to any Master Mason and invite him to become a member. Where- 
ps we have a membership of nearlv 8500 in the Craft, we do not have 
2000 members in our Chapters. Even allowing for the fact that some 
out of the 8500 may not have yet completed the second and third De- 


grees, still it cannot be denied that there is a vast scope for increase 
in the number of Companions in our daughter Chapters. I do hope that 
this matter will engage the earnest attention of the Principals of our 

"In addition to fresh blood, care should be taken to retain existing 
members. There have been a number of resignations, exclusions and ces- 
sations reported by Chapters from time to time. This is not peculiar 
to Chapters in our Constitution only. It seems to be a common malaise 
all over the world; and those in positions of trust and responsibility are 
devoting time and attention to a study of its causes and cure. It appears 
to me that resignations, exclusions and cessations are being treated 
quite casually. This is not correct. The question of retention of members 
deserves as much attention as admission of new members, if not more. 
I shall make a few suggestions in this regard. Have you ever cared to 
ask yourself the question, why do so many resign or default in payment? 
Those who have eyes to see and ears to hear and can, and do, think for 
themselves, will have no difficulty in coming to the conclusion that the 
fault is on both sides, namely, on the officers of the Chapter as well as 
the members concerned. 

"In so far as the Officers of the Chapters are concerned, while I am 
all admiration for their steadfastness and loyalty and the keenness and 
enthusiasm which they had displayed throughout, I should not be mis- 
understood when I point out there are important matters to which too 
much attention can never be devoted. First, and foremost, please make 
certain that (a) you begin your meetings at the advertised time; (b) 
you regulate your business in such a way that there is no avoidable loss 
of time and the meeting is over at the expected time; (c) officers per- 
form the ritual work reasonably satisfactorily: and (d) the after- 
proceedings, if any are conducted, do not take unduly long and they are 
conducted with decorum. I do not need to enlarge on these." 

"It has been customary for Masonic bodies to have refreshments 
after a meeting and, on occasions, to have toasts and speeches. There 
is a tendency to consider these as not strictly masonic functions and to 
indulge in a bit of levity, which does not reflect credit on us. I am not 
a kill-;'oy. We should be happy and endeavour to communicate happiness. 
I wish everyone to take part in after-proceedings, as necessary, and 
make it the success we want it to be. We should, however, be careful not 
to over-do things. I, therefore, wish to emohasise that Masonry can be 
brought into disrepute unless the Principals ensure that after-proceed- 
ings are conducted with decc-rum. If we make a poor impression on a 
candidate here, we cannot but lose heavily in the long-run." 

"In the end, may I say, in all that you think, say and do bear in 
mind that ultimately, you are the custodians of the honour, the reputa- 
tion and the usefulness of our Grand Chapter. I exhort you, therefore, 
to conduct yourself in all places with the utmost dignity. Never lose 
sight of the fact that we are a sovereign and independent Grand Chap- 
ter. Side bv side, there are Companions belonging to the former Con- 
stitutions. We are in the best possible fraternal relations with the sister 
Constitutions. Rut I want you to bear in mind that the position of Royal 
Arch Masonry in this country will be judged by the world largely accord- 
ing fs our Companions do well or ill. I have every confidence that you 
will fullv appreciate your responsibility and will spare no pains to acquit 
yourself in such a manner as to reflect honour and credit on us." 


The 109th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Iowa was held at Cedar Rapids, April 9 and 10, 1965. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. D. W. Rayburn. 


Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Ross J. Camblin. 

Chapters 91; membership December 31, 1964 — 15,103; net loss 709. 

The following will, I know, be of great interest to all companions: 

"Most Excellent Companion John G. White, Grand First Principal 
of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Manitoba, was escorted to the 
East, where he was greeted by Most Excellent Companion Rayburn — 
who is the Grand Representative of the Grand Chapter of Manitoba, near 
the Grand Chapter of Iowa. 

"Companion White was introduced and accorded the Grand Honors. 
Companion White responded in these words: 'Most Excellent Companion 
Rayburn, every man is said to have his pet ambition. Whether it be true 
or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being 
truly esteemed by my fellow-men by rendering myself worthy of their 
esteem; this sentiment I am sure applies to our two Countries; for 
friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man or Nation may 
have authority over others, but they can never have their hearts, but by 
giving their own. Our hearts are in tune. 

" 'Most Excellent Sir, in behalf of the Companions of Manitoba, I 
have the honor and pleasure of presenting to this Grand Chapter our 
New Canadian Flag, the Symbol of Unity and Sovereignty. Between bars 
of Red and on a field of White, it blazens forth in all its autumnal Glory. 
The Canadian Maple Leaf whose eleven points represent the Ten Prov- 
inces and other Territory, which comprise our Great Dominion. To Free- 
masons, the Red symbolizes the dauntless courage of our forefathers, 
which we emulate. The White, "That blameless purity of life and con- 
duct" to which we aspire. And the Points, the eleven knightly virtues of 
which patriotism is the greatest, and to which we are dedicated. This 
Emblem forcefully reminds su that on those moral qualities our confed- 
eration was founded and on their preservation its future greatness 

" 'Finally it inspires in us reverencs for HIM to whom we ever fer- 
vently pray.' 

"In accepting the gift of the Emblem of the Dominion of Canada, 
Companion Rayburn stated, 'The basic principle of the people of North 
America, as of Christianty, is the freedom and responsibility of individ- 
ual under God as contrasted with the slavery of the individual under the 
dictatorship of an authoritive State, the Holy Bible on the Altar is 
the keystone of our friendship — the strength of our friendship is based 
upon one compelling motive . . . faith in the brotherhood of man. We 
accept this gift and will cherish the memory of this occasion by display- 
ing it with Old Glory in our East at our annual convocations.' " 

The Grand High Priest revealed that he was a dedicated and de- 
voted Mason, as will be seen by the following excerpt from his address: 

"It has been my desire throughout this year to impress upon the 
Companions of this great State the importance of living our Masonry, 
believing and having the proper knowledge of Royal Arch Masonry that 
we can inform our less informed brother. 

"To fulfill the duties we have assumed and the virtues we are to 
practice, we must become interested students of Masonry. So many times 
it has been said, 'I just don't know how to get petitions for the Capitu- 
lar degrees.' Why? Because somewhere along the road we recited the 
ritual but failed to get the meaning across. Any Master Mason who h^s 
found interest, instruction and inspiration in the Symbolic Degrees will 
be truly thrilled by the additional light thrown upon the Symbolic Lodge 
degrees by the inspiring degree of Royal Arch Mason. 

"Attendance at our meetings continue to plague us. This is of grave 


concern. I would urge that you make your meetings as short and inter- 
esting as you can in keeping with the solemnity of the Order. Appoint 
a program and Attendance chairman and get the craft out. Give them 
good and wholesome instruction and desire to return. 'Nothing succeeds 
(Likte success' — While we are still able to move forward a little each 
year is the time to put our shoulders to the wheel and push with all our 
might. This Grand Chapter needs to take progressive steps to keep pace 
with the quickening tempo of our times. I have already mentioned one 
step and others are being worked on at this time. I sincerely believe 
if we follow thru on the program that we have started we can enjoy 
one of the greatest advancements in Royal Arch Masonry we have 
known in Iowa for some time." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Thomas E. Corothers. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Ross J. Camblin. 


The Stated Convocations of the Supreme Grand Roval Arch Chapter 
of Ireland were held in the Freemasons' Hall, Dublin, on the first 
Wednesday in the months of February, May and November and the third 
Wednesday in June, 1965. 

The Grand King, M.E. Comp. Sydney Hanna, M.B.E., in his letter of 
January, 1986, to the Grand Registrar, stated in part: 

"I am distressed by the fact that every District has suffered be- 
reavement during the past twelve months. Amongst those called to the 
Grand Chapter Above were many Companions with whom I was proud 
to have worked, men who gave of their time and ability, in no small 
measure, to our Order and most of whom were my own personal friends, 
including three of our District Grand Kings. These losses are a great 
blow to Royal Arch Masonry, but the work must go on, and the best 
tribute we can pay to their memory is to redouble our efforts in the 
interests of the Order they loved so well. 

"The outstanding Masonic event of the year was undoubtedly the 
visit of the Warwickshire First Principals Chapter in May, when the 
English Royal Arch Degree was exemplified to us in a most impressive 
and impeccable manner. No one who was present could fail to be im- 
pressed by the sincerity and dignity with which it was performed and 
we were extremely fortunate to have witnessed the demonstration. 

"I would also like to place on record my thanks to all the members 
of our Order who honoured me so highly by commissioning: my Portrait 
and to say how touched I was by this gesture and the kindly sentiments 
expressed on the occasion of the presentation. I can assure you all that 
my work for Royal Arch Masonry is a Labour of Love for me, and I am 
amply repaid by the courtesy, friendliness, and companionship I receive 
on all occasions. 

"Our Grand Master also conferred on me the rank of Honorary 
Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, a most un- 
p^nions, so the wording is the same on every occasion, whereas, in the 
Irish Constitution the Conductor who is the S. of T. gives all the explan- 
ations himself in his own words. 

"Durine the whole ceremony the large number present listened and 
watched with rapt attention and in appreciative silence. 

"The V.E.H.P. M.E. Comp. Bovs proposed a very sincere vote of 
thanks to the team and, amongst his remarks, said that this extremely 
interesting demonstration would be remembered for a long time, that 
in our R.A. degree we explain certain differences which exist between 
expected and signal honour which I most deeply appreciate." 


A special Convocation on May 1st was most interesting as will be 
observed from the following: 

"The business of the Convocation was to welcome the following dis- 
tinguished Companions from Warwickshire First Principals Chapter No. 
4538, English Constitution and to witness an exemplification of the 
R.A. Degree as practised by them . . . 

"The Companions from Warwickshire were heartily welcomed by 
the M.E. & S. Gd. King and then they proceeded to arrange the room 
to suit their ceremonial and their D. of C, E. Comp. T. A. Wood gave 
a short explanation of the setting and the degree, after which the visit- 
ing Companions opened a R.A. Chapter and proceeded to confer the R.A. 

"The opening ceremony and the degree which followed differed very 
considerably from R.A. Masonry under the Irish Constitution, the set- 
ting and wording being absolutely new to all but a few present who had 
visited English Chapters, and yet one got an occasional glimpse of some- 
thing or heard an occasional phrase which was familiar and was left in 
no doubt that the search after Truth was the theme and that the Land- 
marks of R.A. Masonry both in the English and Irish Constitutions were 
the same. 

"All present could not fail to be impressed by the tremendous dig- 
nity, reverence and solemnity of the whole ceremony. 

"The most striking differences emphasised by the exemplification 
were: — 

"Firstly: The ritual practised was based on the building of the 
second Temple by Zerubbabel whereas the Irish ritual (and this is pecu- 
liar to Irish R.A. Masonry) is based on the repair of K.S's. Temple under 
King Josiah. 

"Secondly: There was no passing of the veils as in our Constitution. 

"Thirdly: Every word in the English Exaltation Ceremony is writ- 
ten, and the lectures and explanations are divided amongst several Com- 
our ritual and that of our sister Constitution and say that 'notwithstand- 
ing these the greatest harmony exists and they recognise us and we 
them as R.A. Masons.' He also spoke of the tremendous amount of work 
put into the degree by the three Principals, whereas the Conductor does 
all that in our Exaltation ceremony. 

"The V.E.C.S., M.E. Comp. Wm. McCrum Miller, in seconding the 
vote of thanks, spoke of the beauty of the work that had been demon- 
strated, of the many differences and also of the many similarities; the 
working tools were the same, and the objects the same, to fit ourselves 
for that T. above." 

M.E. & S. Grand King: Sydney Hanna, M.B.E. 

Grand Registrar: James 0. Harte. 


The 118th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Louisiana was held at New Orleans on March 8, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. R. Thomas Pursley. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 

Chapters 63; membership December 31, 1964—10,103; net loss 216. 

It is pleasing to observe that the Grand High Priest in his address 
said in part: 

"Like others who have gone this way before, I feel it was only 
yesterday that you entrusted to me the guidance of this Grand Chapter 
for the year 1964. On Tuesday, March 10, 1964, I was installed as your 


Grand High Priest. At this time I proposed the motto of TEAMWORK 
for the year. I am happy to say that teamwork in the fullest sense of 
the word has existed in Louisiana between the various branches of 
Masonry. In our own work in Capitular Masonry the cooperation of 
our District Deputies and that of constituent Chapters has been out- 
standing. The support given by all Grand Chapter Officers has been 
most satisfying. 

"Whether this program of TEAMWORK has met with success or 
with failure has been dependent upon the action taken by each Chapter, 
its officers, and members. I have attempted to impress upon all Com- 
panions during visitations over the State, the duty and obligations each 
of us has to dispense true Masonic Light and Knowledge to the extent of 
our individual abilities. Any success this program may have had has 
been due to the zeal of the Companions for Royal Arch Masonry. 

"I hope that each of you will become acquainted with the program 
of the incoming Grand High Priest. Please consider it as a program to 
be executed by you individually and that your actions alone are respon- 
sible for its success or failure. Jf each of us becomes individually active 
in his program I am certain of its success. 


"At the close of the year I am rather disappointed with the progress 
that has been made by Royal Arch Masonry over most of the State, just 
as I am sure you are disappointed. 

"Many Chapters have not availed themselves of the vast number of 
Master Masons looking for further Light in Freemasonry in the York 
Rite. There are some forty thousand such prospects in Louisiana at the 
present time. No organization will long exist if it has a continuing loss 
in membership as has this Grand Chapter. Loss by death is something 
over which we have no control, but loss from other reasons is definitely 
under our regulation. 

"Suspensions in Louisiana, in fact over the Nation, have been exces- 
sive for several years with the trend showing no sign of altering itself. 
Why does a Companion permit himself to be suspended? Companion, it 
is my sincere belief that a Companion permits such action by his Chapter 
due to lack of interest in Capitular Masonry. This lack of interest may 
be inherent in the material we have taken into the fold. Some Chapters 
may have been better off had the black cube been more wisely used. 
Poor degree work coupled with lack of instruction is not conducive to 
continued membership. It may be that the initiate is given no particular 
responsibility and hence dries up on the vine. Those of us who have 
labored for years must give way to younger members. 

"Good programs will in time improve attendance. Few of us care to 
leave the comforts of home just to hear our Chapter opened by the book, 
the minutes read, the Chapter closed and nothing of particular interest 
presented. It is the duty of each High Priest to see that Chapter 
meetings become so interesting that a Companion dare not miss one. 

"If Capitular Masonry is to go forward in this State each of us 
must attempt to live up to his obligation. He must become more active 
in dispensing true Masonic Light and Knowledge to his less informed 
Brethren to the best of his ability. Then, and only then, will each of us 
realize the joy of receiving wages for a job well done. Let each of us 
go forth from this Grand Convocation just as though the entire respon- 
sibility were on his shoulders and on his alone." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Leo S. Modenbach. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Lee W. Harris. 



The 140th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Maine was held at Portland, on May 5, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Linwood E. Temple. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 

Chapters 67; membership Mar. 1, 1965—11,138; net loss 209. 

The Grand High Priest in his address reported, and I quote: 

"Although the tabulated returns this year, show a net loss of 209, 
which is similar to the figures of recent past years, we should not be dis- 
couraged. Several of the Deca-Area York Rite Classes are just report- 
ing in, and we are sure that the enthusiasm and efforts of the com- 
panions in these areas will bear fruit in the future. 

"We all know what the condition of the craft is, and what our prob- 
lems are. This has been repeated year after year and each succeeding 
Grand High Priest as made a step forward in trying to solve them. The 
same kind of effort has been made this year, and we would like to review 
with you some of the steps taken in this direction. 

"Your Grand High Priest of last year, made some very able recom- 
mendations, and we followed through on some of them. 

(1) The matter of dispensations for Semi-public Installations was 
handled by a blanket dispensation for all chapters. This is the 
subject of a proposed change in the By-laws being presented 
this year. 

(2) We have tried to improve the schedule of our events during 
this Grand Masonic Week, and find that further improvements 
are needed. A proposal on this subject will be presented later. 

(3) Nothing has been done on the subject of Chapter Histories, and 
I add my recommendations to that of last year, that some steps 
be taken to improve the situation. 

(4) Suitable recommendations have been made to the committee 
concerning our support of DeMolay." 

He also urged that Master Mason Nights be held and had this to 
say about them: 

"We have strongly advocated that every Master Mason should 
receive an invitation to join York Rite. To this end, the Chapters, Coun- 
cils and Commanderies in three cities pooled their efforts and brought 
off three very successful programs. The York Rite Masons of Rumford, 
Belfast and Bangor are to be congratulated in this effort. 

"The top officers of the York Rite were invited to speak at Bangor, 
and we had the pleasure to address over 200 Master Masons at that time 
and explain the York Rite to them. 

"We understand that applications are now being received as a 
result of these meetings. More of this type of program must be used 
to spread the light of the York Rite." 

And finally: 

"We are at the edge of a REVIVAL AMONG MASONS, this we 
have emphasized by using the letters, R . . . A . . . M . . ., they having 
a double meaning; Royal Arch Mason and REVIVAL AMONG MASONS. 

"The red handkerchief has been used to remind every Royal Arch 
Mason to attend meetings and to spread the light of the York Rite to 
uninformed brethren. 

"A strong Masonic Image must be built, so that the young men of 
this great State, will recognize us and respect us, and to let them know 


that we are here. How else can they ask of their own free will and 
accord ? 

PEP has been explained to the companions as meaning: 

Flanning . . . Energy . . . Perseverence. 

The secret formula to accomplish all these things is: 

WORK . . . For only by getting the companions working together 
for the common good can we ever be strong." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Raymond W. Cunningham. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Earle D. Webster. 


The 42nd Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Manitoba was held in Winnipeg on February 10, 1965. 

It was reported with great regret that the Grand First Principal 
M.E. Companion A. Eric Jones had been ordered by his physician not to 
be present or to take part in any Masonic activities for at least six 
months; therefore, M.E. Companion F. C. Nixon acted as Grand Z., with 
the efficient and dedicated Mason, M.E. Companion C. J. Hutchings in 
his permanent office of Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters 19; membership December 31, 1964 — 2,359; net loss 24. 

Our Grand Chapter was represented by R.E. Companion Wellington 

It is pleasing to observe that the Grand Master, Most Worshipful 
Brother Wilfred J. McGregor, was present. The Grand Master was 
Grand First Principal in 1955, and in his address to Grand Chapter stated, 
in part: 

"This moment, companions, is a very proud one for me, and I trust 
that it is also a proud occasion for the Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba 
to have one of your very own, a companion to whom you have already 
granted the highest honour within your power, that of Grand First 
Principal, to now appear before you as the Grand Master of Free- 
masonry in Manitoba. In the history of our Grand Chapter, eight Past 
Grand First Principals have attained to the rank of Grand Master; 
namely, the late M.W. Bros. J. C. W. Reid, H. R. Adolph, W. D. Law- 
rence, Robert H. Hawkins, and James Ferguson Irwin, together with 
M.W. Bro. Stanley H. Fahrni, M.W. Bro. Chas. E. Cole, and your present 
Grand Master. Eight times in forty-three years have these circum- 
stances prevailed and so I deem it worthy of mention. 

"Royal Arch Masonry and Craft Masonry should work more closely 
together than they are doing in this Grand jurisdiction. After all they 
are the only two Masonic orders that are truly universal throughout in 
their application. These two orders only are open to applicants who 
believe generally in a Divine Being. Some of the other orders go part 
way but the Craft and the Royal Arch are truly universal in their 
teachings and in their obligations." 

"What we hope for, a closer union, can only be brought about by 
co-operation on all sides. I know that the Royal Arch, the Scottish Rite, 
and the Shrine are in favour of it. After I spoke to the Nobles at the 
Annual Shrine Ceremonial and the curtain was dropped, the officials on 
that platform gathered around me and expressed their complete approval. 
Therefore, companions, I urge you to seek a united co-operation in the 
friendliest of manner, to study the constitution of Grand Lodge, to 
locate those sections that need amending, and to bring in a notice of 
motion to have them amended. If you present it in June, it could be 
voted on in 1966. Remember that this is not a matter of you and them, 
THEM being certain members of Grand Lodge. If you are a sitting 


Warden, a Master, or a Past Master, you are also a part of Grand 
Lodge and it is votes that count. I urge you to approach the matter in 
a logical manner and in all friendliness of action having the general 
welfare of Freemasonry at heart. According to our present Constitution, 
your Grand Master is not authorized to wear his regalia when accepting 
an invitation such as this. This should be amended. 

"For years the Royal Arch Grand Chapter has invited the Grand 
Master, as the head of Freemasonry, to attend their Annual Convocation 
and bring them a message for the good of all. He is also invited to 
attend the banquet as you have so graciously done on this occasion, but 
no return invitation is ever extended. What the Grand Lodge of Manitoba 
recognizes, they should in all reason be prepared to acknowledge openly. 
Any chief representative of the various concordant orders, as presently 
recognized by our Grand Lodge and present at any of our Grand Master's 
visits, should be recognized and introduced. This Grand Lodge of ours 
was born out of the Grand Lodge of Canada in Ontario, and at their 
Annual Communication in Toronto last June, it was my privilege to 
witness the Grand First Principal of the Royal Arch and the repre- 
sentatives of the Scottish Rite introduced in form and asked to speak 
from the platform. That is Freemasonry and that is what should be 
done in Manitoba. 

"... Do not let any petty misunderstandings stand in the way of 
attending your lodge. If such exist, then be man enough to make the 
first move to put your fraternal associations upon a solid basis. You 
will probably find that the other fellow or fellows are just as anxious 
as you are to forget whatever it was and be friends again. 

"In my visits, I am constantly urging the brethren to accept into 
Freemasonry only those who appear to appreciate Freemasonry for 
what it really is and are willing to dig in and help make it a success. 
In the Royal Arch, when you are seeking new members, you have the 
advantage of choosing good Masons. If they are not good Masons, 
then they will not be good Companions either. If your prospects have 
not time to be active in both the Craft and the Royal Arch, it would 
be better to leave them where they are because their craft lodge needs 
them. I find however, that the FAITHFUL FEW seem to be spread 
through so many of the orders, while on the other hand many join every- 
thing and then neglect all their Masonic responsibilities. 

"The concordant orders, as recognized by our Grand Lodge of 
Manitoba, have been in existence almost as long as recorded or organized 
Freemasonry itself and they are not something that can in all reason be 
overlooked. They are all working in a common cause and the slogan 
for all should be IN UNION THERE IS STRENGTH ..." 

Your Reviewer, from experience, believes that the position of Grand 
Z. or G.H.P. is so demanding that it is frequently the cause of a break- 
down in health, and certainly the Grand Z. of Manitoba may be in this 
category because I note the following in his address: 

"All chapters were visited in this Grand Jurisdiction with the 
exception of Corinthian Chapter No. 3 at Boissevain. The official visit 
to this chapter was cancelled on account of an accident to the Excellent 
First Principal and a later date could not be arranged. On all of my 
visits, I was received most cordially and accorded the courtesies due to 
the office of Grand First Principal and I warmly thank all the good 
companions for making my visits so nleasant and those who so graciously 
accompanied me on my official visits." 

And finally: 

"... I would like to quote a piece given to me by the late M. Ex. 
Comp. Frank Brownell: 'Life has not brought me fortune, and it has 


not brought me fame but has given something which I most proudly 
claim. The friends who are ever loyal as life I journey through, I truly 
count as life's royal gift, old friends like you.' To R. Ex. Companions, 
J. E. Forster, H. A. Caughlin, and C. A. Sundell, Grand Superintendents 
of Districts No. 1, 2, and 3 respectively, my appreciation and thanks for 
their earnest dedication. I have been with friends whose hearts were 
good with knowing men that understood. Their voices frank and clear 
spoke of cheer that fell like music upon the ear. I loved to see their 
smile and grasp their hands that asked no fee but kindness and 
friendship for Brotherhood. So may we examples be to those who fol- 
low, who in turn, we trust, will blaze the trails for tomorrow. There- 
fore, when we build let it be such work as our descendants will thank 
us for; let us think as we lay stone upon stone that a time is to come 
when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched 
them and that men will say as they look upon the labour and the 
wrought substance of them — 'See, this our fathers did for us, let us too 
build for posterity'." 

The following in the Report of the Grand Executive Committee will 
be noted with interest: 

" . . . M. Ex. Comp. W. A. Maguire gave a full account of a meeting 
of a committee of Grand Lodge formed to further co-operation between 
Grand Lodge and the Concordant Bodies at which the Grand Chapter 
was represented by the Grand First Principal and the Grand Scribe E. 
Two proposals were made: (1) That a waiting period of one year be 
required before an application could be made for membership in a con- 
cordant body; and, (2) That it be a Masonic offense for a Master Mason 
to be approached for membership in a concordant body during this 
waiting period. A motion was passed that this committee approve of 
the Grand Z. and the Grand Scribe E. acting as representatives of Grand 
Chapter on the committee of Grand Lodge to discuss problems common 
to Grand Lodge and the concordant bodies." 

There is no information available as to whether these proposals 
were finally adopted, and this Reviewer is bound to say that, in his 
respectful judgment, such proposals are too drastic and would not be in 
the best interests of Masonry in general, and would particularly retard 
that Mason who was anxious to seek "More Light". 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. John G. White. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings. 


The 168th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Maryland was held in Baltimore, on May 11, 1965. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles E. Waters. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant, Jr. 
Chapters 27; membership March 31, 1965 — 7,263; net loss 100. 

The Grand High Priest obviously had a busy year and had this to 
say about the Condition of the Craft: 

"Your Grand Chapter from a numerical standpoint would seem to be 
going backward. We began the year on an optimistic note with a gain 
of twelve for the preceeding year and a total membership as of March 
31, 1964, of 7,363 Companions. We ended this Capitular year with a 
membership as of March 31, 1965, of 7,263 Companions, or a net loss of 
one hundred. Exaltations were down by 96, affiliations remained the 
same, reinstatements were down by 12, leaving a net loss from additions 


alone of 108. We must therefore conclude that, considering numbers, we 
have been less active than a year ago. 

"Deaths and suspensions we always have with us and when sus- 
pensions follow suspension by the Symbolic Lodge there is not much we 
can do about it. But we should be greatly disturbed by the suspension 
of Companions who have been faithful during their productive years 
and after retirement find the cost of membership a burden. 

"One chapter had a decrease of almost ten percent and it doesn't 
take long to realize this can't continue and still have a Chapter. Only 
three chapters showed a gain both last year and this. Several chapters 
had large losses both last year and this. 

"May we all hope that the losses we have sustained has given us 
new enthusiasm to work toward a more active leadership in our subordi- 
nate chapters and a desire to help on the part of your Grand Officers." 

The report of the Grand Lecturer contains the following action 
provoking admonition: 

"... Our General Grand High Priest Clark used a motto a few 
years ago — 'First Deserve — Then Desire'. That is a thought which 
should be absorbed by some Maryland Masons. 

"High Priests as leaders, should possess the following qualifications, 
in addition to the two mentioned above: 
Thoroughness in preparation 
Ability to follow worthwhile suggestions 
Willingness to imitate, what he has observed praiseworthy in 

Competence to creat ideas, and carry them through to successful 
Know how to act as a human being, and treat others as such 
Desire to be of service to his companions 
Practice the admonition contained in Matthew 7: 12" 
Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Harry F. Luckabaugh. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. D. Ross Vansant, Jr. 


The 166th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
Massachusetts, Inc. was held at Boston, December 8, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Archie M. Simons. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William F. Clark. 

Chapters 100; membership August 31, 1964—23,113; net loss 373. 

This Grand Jurisdiction held regular quarterly convocations on 
March 10, June 9, and September 26, 1964. 

The addresses of the Grand High Priest at each are informative and 
most stimulating, but space precludes reference to all. However, your 
reviewer was profoundly impressed, as I believe my readers will be, with 
the following, and I quote: 

"The word Work is an important one in all Masonry. Operative is 
also an important word in Masonry. It means engaged in, or doing 

"The vital force in all Masonry is the determination of Masons to 
work in Masonry, and therefore, to make Masonry work in their lives. 

"We want Capitular Masonry to be a force for good in every com- 
munity. The pattern by which we, as Capitular Masons, build is in the 
ritual of our Masonry. But the hands and the hearts with which to 
build must be those of the Masons who understand well that a pattern, 
however wonderful, or perfect, is a guide for the benefit of the earnest 


"We want Capitular Masonry to be a strong factor in the goal of 
Universal Brotherhood. A troubled world may hide the hopes and 
dreams of millions who are imprisoned and intellectually and spiritually 
by the iron hand of tyranny. Yet it remains for Masonry and Capitular 
Masons to keep alive the spirit of brotherly love by working as though 
tomorrow may bring about a release of those who dream and cannot 
voice their hopes and aspirations. 

"We want Capitular Masonry to stand for all that it has stood for 
in the past. Let's work for all the things we so earnestly seek." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Archie M. Simons. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William F. Clark. 


The 104th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Minnesota was held at Virginia, on October 1 and 2, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edwin A. Lofquist. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Emil A. Wold. 

Chapters 71; membership September 1, 1964 — 15,261; net loss 304. 

The Grand High Priest in his address said, and I quote in part: 

"In my visitations throughout our own and Sister Jurisdictions a 
downward trend in our membership has been apparent. The problems 
in all our Jurisdictions are very similar but in each one of the various 
Jurisdictions there have been bright spots and to these Chapters we 
extend our sincerest congratulations. 

"Loss of membership for the most part come through death, sus- 
pensions and withdrawals. The loss through death can only be made up 
by exaltations of new members. Losses through suspensions and with- 
drawals are another matter. I believe no one should be suspended or 
allowed to withdraw without some worthy Companion making a personal 
call and have a friendly talk with the Companion. Remission of dues is 
always in order when a Companion has become in need. We must 
remember that the Companion was good Royal Arch material at the 
time of his exaltation. His suspension or withdrawal may signify a 
failure on part of the Chapter to do good work — Square work. One 
must inspect the product very carefully, bearing in mind that the dis- 
carded Companion may like the stone which was discarded by the 
craftsman, later to be found to possess merits unknown and become the 
chief stone of the corner. Preserve every craftsman as a member of 
the craft. 

"Non attending members cannot contribute much to the activities 
of their Chapter. While we are taught early in our Masonic careers that 
it is not intended that Masonry should interfere with our necessary 
occupation, yet all who are imbued with the true Masonic spirit will 
so conduct themselves in their daily work that the world at large will 
recognize in them the spirit of Masonry. Then too, if the officers and 
Companions of a Chapter will constantly seek to perfect themselves in 
all aspects of Masonry for the enlightenment of Masonic knowledge, 
then we too can spread light and information to our less informed 
brethren. We must ask ourselves if we have done all we can do to 
bring about those things Masonry stands for. 

"The Designs are on the Trestleboard, Craftsman there is work to 
be done. 

"We should ever bear in mind that it is generally conceded that the 
man who possesses the greatest knowledge of his business or profession 
is the one most likely to succeed. By the same token, the Mason who 


earnestly and continually seeks 'More Light' will, most likely make a 
success in the Mystic Art we call Freemasonry and will, thereby, come 
closest to the realization of what we consider to be our chief object — 
the rendering of the greatest possible service to God and his fellowman. 
Such a Mason will and should, by his very profession be not only willing 
but anxious to share his increased knowledge with his Brethren that 
they too, may have 'More Light'." 

And later on: 

"During the past year I have observed a growing interest and an 
improved morale in Royal Arch Masonry in a great number of our 
Chapters throughout our Grand Jurisdiction. This only comes about by 
good leadership and a study of the returns from our Chapter will point 
out those that have flourished under good leadership. Particular atten- 
tion should be made to the number of exaltations made by Individual 
Chapters as herein lies the answers to the activity of our Chapter. 

"Many Chapters will show an increase in new Companions exalted. 
Many have shown increased enthusiasm in good degree work and many 
have taken on more social activities. Visitation to their symbolic Lodges 
have been on an increase with result that more brethren of the sym- 
bolic Lodges are aware of Royal Arch Masonry. 

"We must hold tight to the heritage we received from those who 
preceeded us, but also be ready to lend a helping hand and spread light 
and information to our uninformed brethren." 

"As Royal Arch Masons, we should ever remember: 
'To each is given a bag of tools 
A shapeless mass and a book of rules 
And each must make ere time is gone 
A stumbling block, or a stepping stone.' 
God forbid that we become stumbling blocks. On the contrary let us be 
stepping stones." 

And finally: 

"Most Excellent Companion Jack White, Grand First Principal of 
Manitoba requested that he be permitted to approach the dais. It was his 
pleasure to present to the Grand Chapter one of the newly adopted Flags 
of the Dominion of Canada. This was done with a complete explanation 
of the symbolism of the various colors and figures on it. 


'I now present our Flag, the symbol of Unity and Sovereignty. 

Between bars of red and on a field of white, it blazens forth in all 
its autumnal glory. 

A Canadian Maple Leaf whose eleven points represents the ten 
Provinces and other Territory, which comprise our great Dominion. 

To Freemasons, the Red Symbolizes the dauntless courage of our 
forefathers, which we emulate; 

The White, "That blameless purity of life and conduct" to which we 

And the Points, the eleven knightly virtues of which patriotism is 
the greatest and to which we are dedicated; 

This Emblem forcefully reminds us that on those moral qualities 
our Confederation was founded, and on their preservation its future 
greatness depends. 

"God Save the Queen — And Heaven bless, the Maple Leaf for 

The Report of Committee on the State of the Rite contains this 
interesting observation: 

"What we really need appears to be more candidates for the Blue 


Lodges, which of course is the life blood of succeeding bodies of Masonry. 
Naturally, due to our present times, our young people seem to have too 
many other interests and deviations to take up their time. It is im- 
portant that fraternal relations committees be appointed for every Blue 
Lodge and be in attendance at all degree work, monitor candidates if 
possible and instill in them the need for further light along the York 
Rite way of Masonry. 

"Extra-curricular activities are fine but degree work is the real 
interest in all fraternal work and spreading the work among more 
Companions will create more interest and tend to increase the attendance 
more than anything we know. 

"We again re-iterate the importance of personal contacts with 
delinquent Companion and those requesting dimits. In many cases it is 
possible to impress upon the Companion the importance of maintaining 
their membership. Again Companions in dire straits are resistant to 
report their circumstances and would rather be stricken than ask to have 
their dues remitted." 

"We must recognize that to be a Mason — really be Masons — each 
of us must work at it. We are convinced that by putting the first things 
of Masonry first, we will not only be making a contribution to our own 
lives and to the lives of our fellow craftsmen; but to the crying need of 
the world in our day. Let us all unite in one common effort to further 
the cause of Royal Arch Masonry and the York Rite." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Knud C. Nielsen. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Emil A. Wold. 


The 119th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Missouri, was held at Columbia, on April 27, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E, Comp. Howard F. Kizer. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 

Chapters 103; membership December 31, 1964—21,756; net loss 329. 

The Grand High Priest also expressed concern for the state of the 
Craft and thoroughly reviewed the Grand Chapter statistics, which caused 
him to say — and I quote in part: 

"In reviewing the records of the three past years, it is nothing short 
of amazing that the deaths have not varied more than three in any one 
of the three years. Also, by a concerted and concentrated effort of 
salvage on the suspension and dimission lists, we could, by salvaging 
20% of the companions on these two items, show a consistent gain each 
year. Furthermore, by a simple problem of arithmetic in increasing our 
admissions by either or all three methods of admissions — only two 
percent, we could show a consistent gain in membership. 

My Companions, after carefully reviewing these statistical facts, I 
am positive that you can and will do something to correct the welfare 
of our Grand Chapter in 1965." 

The following is also worthy of note and I again quote: 

"Publicizing our York Rite and its various facets and activities has 
become almost as important today as the conferring of its beautiful 
degrees. Companions, let us face the facts of life. We are living in an 
era of development and an era of history never before witnessed by 
mankind. The demands made upon our time for unimportant things as 
well as for the important ones, and the insatiable desire and craving 
for pleasurable and materialistic things of life have gradually encroached 


upon the minds of men until they have very little time — or rather take 
very little time — to be concerned with the altruistic and fraternal 
benefits of Brotherly Love and Affection. We must therefore meet this 
challenge with a concerted effort to properly display the acts of charity, 
the deeds of kindness and the practice of Brotherly Love, Relief and 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Bert W. Casselman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Bruce H. Hunt. 


The 76th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Montana was held in Lewistown, 
on June 9, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Simon P. Freeman. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 

Chapters 33; membership December 31, 1964—4,816; net loss 80. 

The following part of the address of the Grand High Priest will be 
interesting to all: 

" . . . it has been almost 212 years since the first Royal Arch 
Degree was conferred in the United States of America. I certainly feel 
that it is our duty and obligation to preserve these great Masonic 
principles and hand them down unimpaired to generations yet unborn, 
just as they were transmitted to us." 

And also one of his recommendations, as follows: 

"Being aware that any program designed favorable for one locality 
may not be the most desirable for another, and after observing the 
results in a few of the Chapters that have been holding Chapter-Council- 
Commandery meetings on the same night, I recommend that this Grand 
Chapter rescind its action of last year allowing this consolidation of 
York Rite meetings. My reason for this recommendation is that it is 
destroying unity rather than building it, because it is a detriment to all 
three bodies, where it has been practiced. The opening ceremonies are 
abused by irregular shortening of form and, where some Companions 
belong only to one, or perhaps two of the bodies, they are being deprived 
of observing proper routine. Also, the dragging out of meetings in 
order to hold all three on the same evening is reducing attendance, and 
does not encourage proper attitude towards the York Rite work." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Oscar P. Goldberg. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. William A. Thaanum. 

The Netherlands 

This Annual Convocation was held on July 1, 1965. 

First Grand Principal: Prof. Dr. J. Kok. 

Grand Scribe E.: Comp. K. L. Jacobs. 

Chapters 16; membership 1091. 

It is pleasing to note that Comp. R. C. Berkinshaw, a member of 
The St. Patrick Chapter, 145, Toronto, is an Honorary Member of this 
Grand Chapter. Your Reviewer has a high regard for Comp. Berkin- 
shaw, not only because of his marked contribution to all spheres of 
Masonry, but also he was the officer I served under in World War I. 

This Grand Chapter continues to show progress in all of its activities. 
Its new life is of short duration but the determination and dedication of 
its officers is deserving of commendation by Royal Arch Masons every- 

Elections — 

No change. 



The 91st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of Nevada was held at Carson City, on June 9, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Antoine Primeaux. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. C. A. Carlson, Jr. 

Chapters 9; membership May 1, 1964—1,163; gain 64. 

The following excerpt from the address of the Grand High Priest 
is worthy of note: 

"To each Companion present, I express my warmest and sincerest 
welcome, and especially to the Companions of the Constituent Chapters, 
who are attending a Grand Convocation for the first time. I say, 'we are 
happy to have you with us and participating in the affairs of this — 
Your Grand Chapter. I would sincerely invite each of you to enter into 
the fellowship, speak upon any subject that comes before this Grand 
Chapter, because each of you are representatives of the subordinate 
Chapters in Nevada, and by your actions in directing the policies of the 
Grand Chapter will the success or failure be determined. Masonry must 
move forward, and you are the Masters of the work and by your efforts 
it will advance as it has continued to do so in the years past." 

Your Reviewer feels that this is an important fact, which is not 
emphasized with due weight at all times. 

One also notes with special interest the following dispensation 
granted by the Grand High Priest: 

"Granted dispensation to Lewis Chapter No. 1 to confer by com- 
munication the Royal Arch Degrees upon Brother Walter W. Anderson. 
Brother Walter W. Anderson, Past Master of Carson Lodge No. 1, a 50- 
year Mason and 50-year Scottish Rite Mason, was elected to membership 
in Lewis Chapter No. 1 on September 12, 1963. Shortly after submitting 
his petition he suffered a mild stroke, followed by a second stroke a 
couple of weeks later. Brother Anderson was very happy over his 
election and was looking forward to receiving the degrees with the Cen- 
tennial Class of candidates. It was the prayers of the members of Lewis 
Chapter that Brother Anderson have the degrees conferred upon him 
that he might enjoy the fact, and desire of his heart of becoming a 
Royal Arch Mason. Due to his physical condition, it was understood that 
he would be unable to participate in the actual work of the degrees, but 
in that he was mentally alert, and having a deep knowledge of Free 
Masonry, it was felt that the degrees could be communicated. 

"After a review of Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence I could find 
nothing to the contrary that would not permit the conferring of the 
degrees by communication and issued a dispensation to the Companions 
of Lewis Chapter No. 1 to proceed with the conferring of the degrees, 
Mark Master, Pastmaster, Most Excellent Master and the Royal Arch 
Degrees when they found Brother Anderson to be in a favourably 
physical condition. 

"Knowing that the work would be performed by the Companions of 
Lewis Chapter, I left it to their discretion as to the best possible, and 
effective manner to conduct the ceremonies involved and to display the 
work involved. 

"Mackey on internal qualification had this to say: 'The internal 
qualifications of a candidate are those which lie within his own bosom, 
and are not patent to the world. They refer to his peculiar dispositions 
towards the institution, his motives and design in seeking an entrance 
into it. Hence they are known to himself alone; and a knowledge of 
them can only be acquired from his solemn declaration.' The motives 
of Brother Anderson was to seek More Light in Masonry and I could not 


but feel that in the institution of Masonry there was a way and the 
members of the Craft would bring to light the mysteries in a most im- 
pressive manner, regardless of the circumstances. I understand that 
Companion Anderson deeply appreciated the efforts and today is proud 
of being a Royal Arch Mason." 

And finally: 

"When I took over the duties of Grand High Priest the condition of 
the Craft in Nevada was good — gains had been made in membership, 
degree work was being performed with proficiency, interest in Craft 
Masonry was greatly stimulated. At the close of my year I am happy 
to report to you that Royal Arch Masonry is growing and the work 
continues to be performed to a high standard and the interest in activities 
continues to grow. I would pay my compliments to every Chapter for 
the gain in membership and the excellent degree work that has been 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Clarence K. Jones. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. C. A. Carlson, Jr. 

New Jersey 

The 108th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of New Jersey was held in Trenton,, on May 1, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. G. Norman Schleinkofer. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

Chapters 51; membership May 2, 1984—7,791; loss 367. 

The Grand High Priest reported, and I quote in part: 

"In reporting on the condition of the Rite, we can only say that it 
is not all that it should be. The climate of the times is such that it does 
not promote fraternal brotherhood. Many excuses have been advanced 
as to why this condition exisits. Competition of TV, sports, family obli- 
gations and other functions and interests have been glibly quoted. These 
are not the real cause of our decline but our own thoughts and actions, 
or lack of action, are factors which will cause our downfall or that of 
any organization that works for the good of mankind. Of course, any 
dissension or other disrupting influences within our ranks will do more 
harm than outside factors. Apathy on the part of our members is the 
greatest of these disrupting influences. 

"For the year 1964, New Jersey will show a loss for the 12th year 
in a row. However, all is not as dark as it might seem because en- 
couraging signs are to be observed. Thus far in 1965, more activities 
and degree work have been noted in the trestleboards of the various 
Chapters than in 1964. More Chapters are aiming and working to be 
included in that exclusive '10% net gain' group which is recognized by 
the General Grand Chapter. 

"Even though the forces of evil may appear to be in the ascendancy 
for a time, good work must overcome evil in the long run. As long as 
we keep the real objectives of Royal Arch Masonry before us and are 
not diverted by seeking numbers for their own sake, we cannot help 
but prosper. The quest for numbers has been overemphasized in the 
past to the detriment of quality and has contributed largely to the 
position in which we now find ourselves. 

"The motto chosen for the past year has been 'Share the Word'. By 
sharing we are giving something that is part of ourselves and indicates 
that we are trying to help others rather than having them help us. 
Although talks on this subject were well received, not enouerh Com- 
panions were present at Chapter meetings to have any substantial 


"Those Chapters that have had good leadership have prospered, but 
these are the exception rather than the rule. Only too often will a 
Chapter have one good year followed by several poor ones. The mem- 
bership follows the type of leadership, going up with the good and 
down with the poor. Thus it is up to each Chapter to select those 
brethren from the Blue Lodge who are willing and able to be leaders 
and give them a job. They will then attract the followers who are 
needed to help 'Share the Word'. 

"The condition into which we have fallen can only be corrected by 
a long period of soul-searching to find the best course of action to be 
followed to improve our 'image' with the public. Quick and glib sug- 
gestions, such as 'dancing girls and beer' are not the answer. Serious 
thought should be given in each Chapter to adopt a project that will be 
of benefit to the community, so that the unfounded, secretive and selfish 
reputation that we have gained will be removed from the minds of the 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Milo E. Bassett, Jr. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Harry R. Pine. 

New York 

The 168th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the State of 
New York Royal Arch Masons was held at Albany on February 4 and 5, 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Sylvanus F. Nye. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

Chapters 208; membership December 31, 1964 — 28, 478; net loss 

The following parts of the address of the Grand High Priest are 
worthy of study and reflection — for instance, the Memorial Message 
given by the Grand Chaplain, M.E. Comp. George Allen Cole: 

"This is a Day of Remembrance; and for many there is a renewal 
of the old stabbing soreness, the old stunned, questioning sense of loss. 
But let us remember that they about whom we are thinking were called 
to some high service, beside which anything we can do here seems trivial. 
But how ever much the old soreness is renewed, or what other feelings 
may well up inside, those about whom we are thinking today are still 
our very own. 

"They are very much with us, far more than we are willing to 
admit. They are not gone, rather have they passed in, unto Eternal Life. 
They were those with whom we walked as Companions and Brothers in 
a great Fraternity. And therefore nothing should bring more joy to 
us than to join together in this memorial." 

"Memory, said a wise man, is an intimation, a shadow, a kind of 
vision of immortality. And the spirit of man refuses to consider the old 
times as wholly blank and void. It sees forms which have ceased to be 
corporeal; it hears voices which long years have not spoken with tongues. 
It fills the past with life and intelligence which once existed, and which 
it will not suffer to be extinct. Then, why can't our faith and hope 
raise the dead, when memory does raise them? 

"Surely the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. It is 
they only who are remembered with a holy remembrance. They merge 
from the dimness of primitive generations; they start up from the heaps 
of ruins which once were cities; they rise from every church yard. They 
fill the earth with immortal souls. The present generation, as it names 
their names and recall their virtues, feel surrounded by an innumerable 
and holy company. 


"We all have our memories, of joy reaching far back in the annals 
of every one's life. How many scenes exist in the remembrance of each 
one of us, soft and dim, sacred and hung up, as in an ancient gallery, 
for the visits of our minds! For memory should teach us to shelter 
our hopes; the memory of our lost Companions and friends that whisper 
to us a kinder treatment of those who are still with us, entreating us to 
avoid every word which might inflict undeserved, pain. We may even 
let memory come and tell us the history of our errors, to remind us of 
our own frailty and guard against the acts of folly." 

And later: 

"Each year there are always events which stand out in our me- 
mories. It was my high privilege to attend Grand Lodge in May, 1964, 
and make the presentation of your check for $10,000. to Grand Lodge for 
the Medical Research Foundation. This $10,000. was the unused portion 
of the income from our Tuberculosis Relief Fund. 

Under "Condition of the Rite" the G.H.P. reported: 

"Too late for specific action, information came to my desk con- 
cerning some of the problems which were of major importance in about 
ten different Chapters. Through the years this has continued to be a 
problem and Grand Officers have made suggestions and recommenda- 
tions which are finally reaching a workable stage. Because of the new 
planning for and by Regional Representatives and Assistant Grand Lec- 
turers, I believe we are coming to the point where information will be 
disseminated to the advantage of our Chapters. It seems to me that 
reports of Official Visits should be made in triplicate: One to the Grand 
High Priest, one to be kept by the Official Visitor and the third to be 
sent to the Regional Representative. If the Regional Representative 
finds certain matters needing attention and help he should be auth- 
orized to inform the Assistant Grand Lecturer or some other qualified 
R.E. Companion to take it under advisement for immediate action. 

"I have suggested to the Permanent Members that an area of im- 
portance and of imperative need is a study of the facilities necessary for 
the easier dissemination of information to Permanent Members, Grand 
Chapter Officers, Committee Chairmen and Constituent Chapters. This 
will require that attention be given to the needs of our Grand Secretary's 
office equipment." 

The following is noted with interest and taken from the Report of 
the Committee on Tubercular Relief: 

"The amount expended for relief during the year 1964-1965 was 
$2,347.08 which is $667:08 more than the previous capitular year. 

"Since Grand Chapter undertook relief work in 1924 there has been 
expended for relief of tuberculous Royal Arch Masons and their depend- 
ents a total of $145,118.93." 

* * * 

"At the Convocation of the Grand Chapter of the State of New 
York held at Albany on February 8, 1957, an amendment to section 17-b 
of the Constitution was adopted which broadened the relief extended 
through the committee on relief of distressed tuberculous Royal Arch 
Masons and their dependents. The effect of the amendment is that the 
committee can now render assistance not only in cases of tuberculosis 
but also in cases of other chronic diseases of the lungs." 

And finally: 

"WHEREAS — Sec. 17b permits the use of any excess of income 
in any one year for medical and scientific research for tuberculosis 
and chronic diseases of the lungs, including lung cancer; and 

"WHEREAS — Such excess of income as reported for this past year 
from the Tuberculosis Relief Fund is in excess of $13,000.00, We there- 
fore move: 


"That this Grand Chapter authorize and direct that $10,000.00 of 
such excess of income be contributed to and paid to the Grand Lodge 
F. & A.M. of the State of New York to be specifically used by its Re- 
search Laboratory at Utica for Medical and Scientific Research for 
Tuberculosis and chronic diseases of the lungs, including lung cancer." 

The report submitted by M. Ex. Comp. Chas. J. Wells contains much 
for provocative thinking, such as, and I quote: 

"The cry for Leaders is heard in every Grand Jurisdiction around 
the globe. Lack of knowledge and consequent unwillingness to serve 
seems evident. To meet this situation the Royal Arch Section is col- 
lecting the best available books on this topic. These Leadership books 
will be added to our Third Reading Course, which deals largely with 
the improvement of the individual Companion. Leadership Knowledge 
is useful with the improvement of the individual Companion. Leadership 
Knowledge is useful in all walks of life, as well as in Freemasonry. It 
is hoped that many Companions will take advantage of this opportunity. 

"The Selling of Freemasonry is highly important. The phenomenal 
growth of industry leads one to inquire as to its cause. It is evident that 
manufacturing an article, with little or no program for its disposal, 
would soon end in bankruptcy. Thy problem of selling the product then 
becomes of utmost importance to the manufacturer. 

"All Masonic Bodies pay little or no thought to this activity. Ma- 
sonically our problem resolves itself into training the ability of our 
members to sell on the one hand, and on the other hand to familiarize 
them with appropriate material to present to the prospect. 

"Symbolic Lodges have a more difficult problem, since their pros- 
pects are never asked to join. They must apply of their own free will 
and accord. The lives and actions of the Ledge members must be the 
attractions to bring this about. This procedure completed the prospect 
becomes a Master Mason, and the situation changes. Solicitations are 
now possible, since all are now within the Craft, and advancement into 
the further degrees (not higher degrees) is to be desired. This step can 
better be accomplished by a system of training in Masonic Salesmanship 
made available and presented through the facilities of the Roval Arch 
Section to the Chapter, Council, Commandery, and the Scottish Rite. 
The abstract art of selling applies to all Masonic Bodies. (It is quite 
evident that the best way to co-operate is — to co-operate.) 

"No wonder is it that most members, who are untrained in selling, 

rebel at the thought of 'going about', as they say, 'begging their friends 

to join.' But training in Masonic Salesmanship does make a difference, 

for frequently these friends return to thank the one that started them 

in their search for 'More Light in Masonry', to tell them it was a great 


* * * 

"Don't let anyone tell you that 'Masonic Leaders and Masonic Sales- 
men are born and not made'. If any such may seem to be the case it 
is due entirely to intestinal fortitude, which forced them to make this 
improvement through self education. The Craft has many fine rough 
ashlers, as of yore, who can easily be transformed into perfect ashlers 
by the chisel of education under the pressure of the mallet of 

The Committee for the Advancement of the Rite reported: 
"We are concerned with the lack of interest demonstrated by poor 
attendance, the unwillingness of companions to accept the responsibility 
of leadership, the 'let others do it' attitude, the decay in the 'pride' of 
membership, the failure to display self-esteem in the heritage which our 
Masonic forbearers handed down to us, our utter disregard of the obli- 


gations we have assumed as Masons, the reluctance of the companions 
to serve as officers of their Chapters and the poor quality of ritualistic 
work which prevails in too many of our Chapters. 

"We need to remember that the power of Masonry in the world 
depends upon the contributions of individual Masons. 

"It is difficult to understand why enthusiasm for the craft has 
waned in some areas of the state. Have human values changed so much 
that these brethren and companions no longer recognize the truths of 
Freemasonry? Fortunately, this condition is not universal. There are 
many prosperous and active Chapters, some large and some small. What 
do these Chapters possess? We find in all cases an ingredient known 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. John S. Taggart. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George A. Lambert. 

New Zealand 

The 73rd Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of New Zealand was held at Invercargill, on March 11, 1965. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. E. Clince Little. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

Chapters 99; membership September 30, 1964 — 8,054; net loss 34. 

The following excerpts from the address of the First Grand Princi- 
pal are most stimulating: 

". . . To you who are here for the first time, I extend a very spe- 
cial welcome and hope you will receive inspiration and knowledge in 
the deliberations of your Grand Chapter, ever remembering that the 
spirit of Freemasonry is the expression of the Divine Will to make 
men better, to touch them with a new spirit of toleration, charity, 
brotherhood and harmony. 

"Every degree in Freemasonry builds character until we arrive at 
the Summit or the Royal Arch, where each individual is the Keystone 
to provide the leadership, which builds the Craft, with dignity and hon- 
our toward all mankind." 

"It is pleasing to note from the Annual Report of the Chairman of 
the Jubilee Memorial Bursary Fund that 28 Bursaries were awarded to 
the value of £1,633. The grants made this year far exceed the income 
and to maintain the valuable work the Fund is doing it is hoped that 
all members will give favourable consideration to increasing their con- 
tributions to such a worthy cause. 

"It is disappointing to note that there has been a further loss of 17 
in the membership of our 99 active Chapters. 

"Your Supreme Committee is and has been concerned for some 
time at the continual losses over the last few years and we should all, 
therefore, be prompted to put forward great efforts to encourage those 
Master Masons who desire to make further progress in Freemasonry, 
to join the Royal Arch Chapter. 

"In spite cf the small attendance at some of the Chapters' Regular 
meetings and the difficulty at times of carrying out the ceremonial, all 
Chapters and Cryptic Councils are to be congratulated on their sincere 
efforts to maintain the high standard of ritual work over the years. 

"To all Companions, I urge you to take an active part in these pro- 
ceedings, be attentive to the legislation and inform yourselves of our 
activities by asking questions of your Grand Chapter Officers, and pro- 
moting as close a contact as possible between Grand Chapter and those 
99 active Chapters that comprise the Grand Chapter. 


"Remember, this is your Grand Chapter. 

"Those Speculative teachings and lessons learned in the Chapter 
should become an Operative Art outside our Chapter-rooms in exerting 
an influence in our Communities, Dominion and Nation, of all that is 
good, which is everything that masonry teaches. Masonry can be a con- 
tinuing heritage of the future as it has performed so nobly in the past. 

"Your incoming First Grand Principal, R.E. Comp. Hallam L. Smith, 
will provide that excellent leadership that is so essentially necessary 
in Masonry to-day. To him and his excellent team of Grand Officers, 
a wish for every success and most harmonious Capitular Year. 

"If we can develop interest we can develop leadership; 
If we can develop leadership, we will get the interest." 

In discussion of report of the Supreme Committee, we also find: 
"It is regretted that this year shows a net individual loss of 17, and 
that our active membership has been reduced to 7451. It will be noted 
that 'Losses' are divided into three separate groups, one of which we 
can do nothing about (death), one small group it would be hard to pre- 
vent (struck off), but the largest group (resignations) is one which 
should give us all food for thought. We all agree that we should do 
our very best to try and attract the right type of candidates to enjoy 
Capitular Masonry even as we do, but I wonder if we as individuals 
are doing enough to retain the interest of those who do join. It is un- 
fortunate, but true, that if someone resigns because he feels that he 
was misled into joining — or because of some fancied slight — or because 
members of his Chapter have not shown him that companionship which 
he should rightly expect, then he is not slow to pass on his comments 
to his brethren with the inevitable result that a diffidence is shown 
when the latter are approached. I would strongly urge not only that 
we should all do everything in our power to encourage Master Masons 
to complete their education by taking the R.A. Degree, but we should 
also each do our part in making our present members feel that they 
are part of the great companionship of the H.R.A." 

M.E. Comp. Hallam L. Smith gave a most inspiring and informa- 
tive address to the Companions present, concluding with the following: 

"It is of primary importance, I urge you, to promote the greatest 
degree of good fellowship among Freemasons of all allegiances. We 
cannot each leave it to the other Companion to do the work of promot- 
ing this fellowship. Other aspects of Freemasonry may be regarded by 
some as having a greater value, but without practising Freemasons, 
the Craft will surely suffer and it is by reason of its special brother- 
hood that it can be made and kept a potent force in the community. I 
can summarise my appeal to you, Companions, in the words — 'Consider 
— Confer — Construct.' 

"Consider what Freemasonry is and means to you: consider what 
you have gained from your Companionship with others: consider how 
much more you could do within time reasonably available; consider all 
means whereby the interest of your Chapter members can be stimu- 
lated, and consider also the responsibilities which you undertook to dis- 
charge and the extent to which you have as yet done so. 

"Confer with all who are capable and willing to help — not only in 
your own Chapter, but with the members of other Chapters. They may 
have some ideas which vou could use. You have at this Convocation an 
opportunity of exchanging ideas and gaining knowledge. It is possible 
that it would be of advantage to create more opportunity at these Con- 
vocations for consultation between Principals and those who could be of 
special help to them. 


"Construct: those who profess to act as Princes must have vision, 
application and perseverence. They must be positive in the discharge 
of their responsibilities; they must be prepared to give instruction ; 
prepared to lead and also to serve. If we each conscientiously and faith- 
fully do all these things, it will be possible to say at all times that the 
exercise and management of the Sublime Degrees in each Chapter is 
highly appreciated and the reputation of the Chapter well established. 

"Companions, I charge you all — 

Consider — Confer — Construct." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. Hallam L. Smith. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. W. G. Webster. 

North Carolina 

The 143rd Anunal Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of North Carolina was held at Greenville, on March 9, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lorenzo Herbert Wall. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles Carpenter Ricker. 

Chapters 41; membership December 31, 1964 — 8,129; net gain 107. 

Your Reviewer regrets to note that the Grand High Priest reported, 
and I quote: 

"During the month of June, I became a victim of disease that hos- 
pitalized me for more than a month and kept me out of circulation for 
the rest of the year. I was unable to visit or devote very much time 
toward planning the work throughout the state and it will always be 
a source of regret to me as I was unable to carry out plans which I 
wanted to put into action for the purpose of trying to intensify interest 
of the work over the state . . . 

"To Most Excellent Charles C. Ricker, P.G.H.P., Grand Secretary- 
Recorder who worked so hard to keep things moving after I became ill, 
I want to say thanks and more thanks. If it had not been for his keep- 
ing me advised as to what was taking place over the state and what 
to do to meet various situations, I would have been completely lost as 
he was always on the job with the right information at the right time 
and I feel that any success that the Chapter had during the year 1964 
was due to the efforts of Charlie C. Ricker in that he took over respon- 
sibilities that were really not his and went far beyond the call of duty 
in attempting to assist a disabled Grand High Priest . . ." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Odas Williard Crisp. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Charles Carpenter Ricker. 

Nova Scotia 

The 96th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Nova Scotia was held in Halifax on May 15, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Eldon Bishop Tucker. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 

Chapters 27; membership December 31, 1964 — 2,795; net loss 3*4. 

It is pleasing to observe that our Grand Chapter was represented 
by the Grand Z., M.E. Comp. James Girven. 

The following is part of the report of the Grand High Priest: 

"I regret that it was not possible for me to visit every Chapter in 
the jurisdiction. I did, however, visit some of them, and I attended all 
of the District Meetings. I noted a great spirit of companionship pres- 
ent and I feel that we have a dedicated and fervent core in each of our 


Chapters. I would like to reiterate what has been said so many times 
before, that Chapters officers should endeavour to improve the standard 
of the working of the ritual, and make a greater effort to commit the 
various degrees to memory, so that candidates will be impressed with 
the ceremonial and have a high regard for Capitular Masonry at the 

And finally: 

"The Grand Secretary continues to labour in the publishing of the 
'Royal Craftsmen', although he has received little co-operation from the 
chapters. We think that this is a valuable addition to Capitular litera- 
ture and recommend that each chapter appoint a committee to submit 
material for publication. Surely there is a wealth of knowledge, as well 
as historical and other interesting items in every chapter, which the 
other chapters would like to know about. 

"Grand Chapter continues to support various charitable activities, 
such as the C.N.I.B., etc., and many chapters have their own projects. 
We recommend this activity to all chapters. There are many needs: the 
aged and infirm, the lame, the halt, and the blind, education, foster 
children, etc. Please think about this and do something about it." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. W. M. Black. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. H. F. Sipprell. 


The 76th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Oklahoma was held at Tulsa on April 6 and 7, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Norman E. Angel. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 

Chapters 40; membership December 31, 1964 — 6,719; net loss 167. 

This Grand Chapter sustained a great loss in the passing of its 
Grand High Priest, M.E. Comp. R. F. Kendall and its Grand Scribe, R.E. 
Comp. C. C. Carr. 

Special commendation is given to the Grand High Priest then ele- 
vated and the other Grand Chapter Officers for the efficient manner 
they carried on during the balance of the year, and one notes the obser- 
vation of M.E. Comp. Angel in his address: 

"Our Grand Chapter has suffered extreme loss in the passing of 
two of our most devoted companions M.E. Comp. R. F. Kendall, Grand 
High Priest and R.E. Comp. C. C. Carr, Grand Scribe whose outstanding 
services to freemasonry has been and shall continue to be keenly missed 
in the coming years. 

"The weakening of the ties of friendship, brotherly love and service 
because of the departure of our zealous Companions should inspire in 
each companion who remains a rededication of themselves to the causes 
and purposes and increased efforts in the labors to which these beloved 
companions were devoted." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. M. Ross Hardin. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. F. M. Lumbard. 


The 104th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Oregon was held in Portland on April 14 and 15, 1965. 
Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Gene Caswell. 
Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. T. Stanton Ford. 
Chapters 47; membership December 31, 1964 — 7,651; net loss 213. 


The Grand High Priest applied himself with diligence and industry 
as will be seen by the following part of his address: 

"I have, as promised, visited every Chapter individually, with no 
District Meetings. Many Chapters, my own included, had not had a 
visitation from a Grand High Priest for two years. One, at least, and 
probably more, were into their third year. I am grateful to the Supreme 
Grand Overseer for allowing me to carry out my program. 

"Some Chapters were visited more than once, making a total of 
fifty-seven visitations. Masonic and Allied Bodies were visited or at- 
tended in the number of forty-four. In addition, I was able to attend the 
Grand Convocations of California, Idaho and British Columbia. 

"In making these visitations I traveled approximately 20,000 miles 
and spent a total of fifty-three nights away from home." 

On the "Condition of the Order" he had this to say: 

"In my visitations to the 47 Chapters of the State I have classed a 
few as definitely 'sick'. The Officers and Companions of these Chapters 
know which ones they are; I will not embarrass them by listing them 
here. A visit to one of these Chapters leaves one depressed and with a 
feeling that our Order is about to become extinct, but the overall pic- 
ture leaves a distinctly different impression. 

"... I feel that Capitular Freemasonry is far from dead in Oregon, 
and in the few places where it is ailing, a little hard work is the recom- 
mended cure. 

"While on this subject it should be appropriate to report that I ad- 
vocate the use of degree teams in our Chapters, and not requiring each 
officer to learn a long ritualistic part, which he may or may not per- 
form well for one brief year, and the following year he is faced with 
learning another. We are not all ritualists. I believe that when a good 
player of a part is found, he should be kept actvie in that role. Only 
in this manner are we going to be able to present our beautiful acts 
and scenes in a creditable manner; to impress our Candidates and in- 
spire them to become active also. 

"I have stated repeatedly that the manner in which some of our 
degrees are conferred in some Chapters is an insult to the intelligence 
of the candidate. And still we wonder at lack of attendance and declin- 
ing membership. 

"I also believe that we are losing valuable officer material by 
clinging to the outmoded idea that each officer should fill his appro- 
priate station during conferral of degrees. The ability to learn and 
effectively deliver a given number of words in our Ritual is not neces- 
sarily the mark of a good administrative officer. Many, if not most, 
of our successful businessmen, who would in most cases be good leaders 
of our Craft, do not have the time to learn these long ritualistic parts 
which seem to be requisite to holding office. Why should they have to 
when others in the Chapter, ritualistically inclined, would like to con- 
tinue to perform ? 

"I believe that casts or degree teams are necessary, not only to 
attract these busy men to hold office, but at the same time to improve 
the quality of our ritualistic work. 

"This in itself seems to be a two-fold benefit, but who knows, with 
the leadership of these outstanding Companions which is presently 
denied to us, and sparkling, inspired performances from ritualistic 
teams, attendance could improve. New Companions, witnessing this type 
of portrayal, might possibly become active in our Chapters and invite 
their Blue Lodge brethren to continue in their search for Light and 


"Admittedly, this won't happen overnight, but Masonry didn't orig- 
inate yesterday, either. We have been drifting to our present position 
for many years." 

And later on: 

"Our numbers continued to decrease this past year, showing a net 
loss of 213 . . . One hundred forty (140) of this total were dropped 
for non-payment of dues. Perhaps we should remember that a garden 
flourishes best after the weeds have been removed. It is my considered 
opinion that many who have to be dropped should not have been ac- 
cepted in the first place. Masonry is a selective organization, and was 
never intended for everybody. Perhaps we should adopt the thinking 
of our Companions in British Columbia, and place more emphasis on 
quality, rather than quantity. 

"Let us remember, Companions, that no man confers honor upon 
our Order by his membership, so if he chooses not to retain it, I feel 
that we degrade Masonry by pleading with him. 

"A past Grand Master of Illinois has said, 'It may well be that our 
numbers will continue to decline until we are a hard core of earnest, 
sincere, devoted men committed to the principle that brotherly love, 
more than any other human experience, is the greatness of mankind'." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Glenn W. Smith. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. T. Stanton Ford. 


The Quarterly Communications of The Grand Holy Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania and Masonic Jurisdiction Thereunto Belong- 
ing were held in Philadelphia on March 5, June 4, September 3 and De- 
cember 3, 1964. 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Comp. Ralph J. Fogle. 

M.E. Grand Secretary: Comp. John C. F. Kitselman. 

Chapters 148; membership December 27, 1963—37,523; net loss 755. 

Mark Lodges 2; membership December 27, 1963 — 81. 

The M.E. Grand High Priest, who was completing his three year 
term, certainly proved by his address that he had given himself with 
dedication and direction to his responsibilities, as will be seen from 
the following excerpt: 

"In any business, one is never satisfied with the results and that 
is true in our Fraternity, we are seeking, hoping, trying for a substan- 
tial growth, that is the hope of man in every phase of life, we have 
periods that seem to prosper and periods that do not, I do not claim 
to have a good answer, but of this I am sure, Capitular Masonry will 
continue to live. 

"My observation and also my recommendation is that we seek new 
ideas and perhaps some modernization, however, no changes in our be- 
loved ritualistic work, but some changes in our modus operandi. In a 
sense this has already been started in the forming of the LONG 
RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE, which is now functioning and seek- 
ing methods that will be beneficial to our great Rite. I have great faith 
in this new Committee and it just may prove to be our salvation." 

Elections — 

M.E. Grand High Priest: Comp. W. Irvine Wiest. 

M.E. Grand Secretary: Comp. John C. F. Kitselman. 



The 88th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Quebec was held in Montreal on March 24, 1965. 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. George Silverman. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Wall Clarke. 

Chapters 27; membership December 31, 1964 — 3,236; net loss 28. 

It is quite apparent that the Grand First Principal recognizes and 
accepts readily the responsibilities of his office and applies himself 
with zeal and fidelity worthy of emulation. I also appreciate his kindly 
personal reference to your Reviewer, who is the Grand Representative 
of the Grand Chapter of Quebec near our jurisdiction. 

The following excerpts from his address are worthy of earnest 

"In a world where millions are still suffering from a loss of free- 
dom, we are privileged to meet on our 88th Annual Convocation without 
let or hindrance. We should raise our hearts to Almighty God with a 
deep sense of thanksgiving. Let us ever remember that high ideals and 
a resolve to do the right founded upon the two fundamental command- 
ments, the love of God and the love of one's neighbour, are more potent 
factors for lasting peace and happiness than any scientific discovery 
or force of might." 

And some of his recommendations are as follows: 
"I would recommend that, in an effort to create further interest, 
each Chapter put on a special evening, such as a Second or Third Prin- 
cipal's night. This will lead to the principal officers becoming better 
acquainted with one another as, most likely, they will be first Principals 
in the same year. 

"Visitations are most important. Every First Principal of any 
Chapter is pleased to welcome visitors. These visitors should be received 
in an official manner. Hospitality is a byword in every Chapter, so let 
us do plenty of visiting, thereby creating better companionship. 

"All Chapters are requested to examine themselves carefully to 
see if they have done anything to increase their membership. 

"Remember, Companions, death, suspensions, and withdrawals will 
eventually overtake our intake and we might conceivably find ourselves 
in poor circumstances. Only a concerted effort by the Companions can 
offset this. 

It is my humble opinion that if we wish to create advances in our 
fraternal relations with our sister jurisdictions, we should expend more 
effort in the social aspect of our Convocation. 

It is strongly recommended that, in the future, the Superintendents 
turn in an interim report at least twice a year. Their final report 
should be sent in to the Grand Scribe *E' at least thirty days prior to 
the Annual Convocation." 

The following is also most significant, and I quote: 
"During the past year, the Grand Chapter of New Hampshire had 
expressed the wish to have a Canadian Flag to fly beside their flag at 
their convocations. Seeing that we now have a new flag it was decided 
to present it to our Sister Jurisdiction. M. Ex. Comp. Downing was es- 
corted to the Grand East by the Grand Director of Ceremonies and 
received the flag from M. Ex. Comp. Baird. Then similar flags were 
presented to our guests from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, 
Rhode Island and Vermont, M. Ex. Comp. Baird expressing the senti- 


ment that these flags would always be a reminder of the close ties 
Royal Arch Masonry had cemented between companions living each 
side of the border." 

Elections — 

Grand First Principal: M.E. Comp. George Silverman. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. H. Wall Clarke. 

Queensland (Australia) 

Proceedings were received for the years ending October 1962, 1963 
and 1964 but because of limited space your Reviewer deals only with 
the more recent one. All Grand Chapter convocations are held in the 
Grand Hall of the Masonic Memorial Temple, Ann Street, Brisbane. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. N. W. Bauer. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. G. L. Shaw. 

Chapters 139; membership 8,173; net gain 189. 

Here, again, it is significant to observe the First Grand Principal, 
in his address, stating: 

"Companions, the future of your Chapter is still in your hands, and 
can only be in your hands. You must find the interested and devoted 
leaders. You must plan the programmes for maintaining the interest 
of its members. You must instil interest and impart the lessons of 
Royal Arch Freemasonry to your Candidates in such a manner that 
they understand our teachings and maintain their interest through the 
years. The Grand Chapter Officers will always be willing to assist you 
on your problems, when called upon, but you are the firing line, and 
must carry the load of the advancement of the work of your Chapter. 
If your leadership is good your Chapter will progress. If it is not, your 
Chapter will regress. 

"There is plenty of Royal Arch potential, in all areas of the State 
if the Chapter Officers and members will devote time to getting ac- 
quainted with the Master Masons in Lodges surrounding the location 
of your Chapters. Spread the story of Royal Arch Masonry to the 
members of those Lodges. There is a potential everywhere if you have 
the enthusiasm for Royal Arch Freemasonry, and display that enthu- 
siasm when you are talking to Master Masons. 

"We absolutely need to choose men filled with enthusiasm and de- 
termination as our leaders, and above all they should be men devoted 
and dedicated to Masonry. Only when each Chapter has such leadership 
will capitular Masonry surge forward. The only methods that will stop 
our losses and absenteeism are good local leadership, good ritual effi- 
ciency, and the correct presentation of Degree work." 

"It is not sufficient to be iust good — we must be positively good 
for something. Past glories and accomplishments are interesting and 
inspiring. We must jealously preserve the great heritage of the past, 
but the crucial present and fateful future must be wisely and firmly 
faced. The tenets of Freemasonry are desperately needed in thse crucial 
times of the turbulent present and uncertain future. 

"The crying need today is for men who will produce good and 
square work! More men are willing to complete the Arch and place the 
Keystone in its place. More men who know the meaning of unselfish 
service — that was so truly exemplified by our Ancient Companions who 
returned from Babylon to Jerusalem, to aid and assist in the rebuilding 
of the second Temple. 

"Each of you I am sure, wishes that we could extend the teachings 
of Masonry, the spirit of brotherly love, co-operation and fellowship, 
to everyone throughout our country. Yes, and to the peoples through- 
out the world, for then we would not have the selfishness and greed 


for power that exists in these sick and troubled times. Masonry can 
be a vital instrument for world peace, and this we should never forget. 

"Our progress is measured by our ability to meet, accept and over- 
come change, therefore to keep strong, virile, and to progress, it be- 
hoves us to keep abreast, and not leave our fate to gloating over our 
past glories, and continue grumbling about the present." 

And finally: 

"Storms of apathetic feeling and uncertainty are beating at our 

"At a time seemingly when men and nations are grasping at the 
throats of one another, seeking to wrestle from their adversary their 
last God given hope of existence 

"But as a staunch ship shows its quality in a tempest, so our sev- 
eral Orders of Masonry must, and will demonstrate their sturdy char- 
acter and ideals in these times of adversity. We must in our time, build, 
educate and inspire men to greater heights, to nobler thinking, to the 
manifestation of the Glory of God and His way of life. It is for you 
who are in this Temple tonight and the thousands like you, wherever 
dispersed, to meet the challenge. 

"We must assume that there is an essential unity in all the various 
Masonic groups. 

"We stand or fall together. This is no time for retreat; this is a 
time for clear thinking and careful planning, and a determination to 
find a way out in a true Masonic fashion. You are the leadership of 
Royal Arch Freemasonry in this great State. 

"If it is to be revitalised, it is you who must do it. I believe that 
the basic elements upon which we have built our organisation in the 
past, still remains the sure foundations of the future. 

"We are agreed that Masonry is one of the most stabilising in- 
fluences we have in the world. This Institution founded upon the father- 
hood of God and the brotherhood of man, that you and I have served 
so long, did not spring up of its own accord. There is an underlying- 
motive for its inception and a compelling need amongst mankind that 
forced it into being. 

"As nothing is accidental and as nothing just happens, there surely 
was a principle cause to produce and promote such a world wide 
agency, one that has been the solace and support of myriads of our 
fellow men. The underlying virtues of the Order have served to keep 
it alive through the ages. These virtues have made it the greatest force 
in history, outside the Church of the living God; and these will be the 
fundamentals upon which it will continue to stand to all eternity. 

"In this Faith, as fully revealed in the volume of the Sacred Law, 
both you and I take comfort and rest our hopes of immortality. 

"Let us as individuals, and as local units, reconsecrate and rededi- 
cate ourselves to Masonic service. 

"Let us go step in step with the new revival. We have no business 
to lie down and expect others to carry on. It is the duty of everyone 
of us to gird up our loins and join the battle — for battle it is to hold 
what we already have, and then to instill new courage and loyalty in 
those who have dropped by the wayside; to create interest and desire 
here and there; to become inspired and thus place and keep our Order 
in its true position of power and influence, that its work may be ac- 
complished in this world." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. N. W. Bauer. 

Grand Scribe E.: R.E. Comp. Gordon L. Shaw. 


Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 

The 168th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of 
the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was held in 
Providence, on March 6, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles A. Richardson. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Luther C. Homan. 

Chapters 15; membership January 31, 1965 — 4,149; net loss 107. 

Here again we find concern expressed by the Grand High Priest, 
as will be shown by the following extracts from his address: 

"I have tried for the past year to get the officers and companions 
of subordinate chapters to review their membership and get them to 
attend the meetings. I amy sorry to report that we have not been very 
successful to this end. 

"It is very evident that the companions are not attending the 
meetings. The reasons given are varied, from being too busy, too tired, 
too repetitious, uninteresting meetings. The successful chapters have 
members on the sidelines and they also have interesting meetings. It 
takes more than a High Priest and officers to put on a meeting. It is 
necessary to fire up the membership with enthusiasm; make them con- 
scious that there is a Chapter meeting. 

"I hope that the Chapters of each district will make visitations 
at least within their district and that the Past High Priests will shine 
their jewels and become more active in their Chapters. It is only by 
active interest that we are going to be successful and boost our attend- 
ance at the meetings." 

"It has been my good fortune to visit every chapter in this juris- 
diction during the past year. Some were visited many times. It has 
been a privilege to visit with the members of each chapter before and 
after convocations. This has given me an insight into the feeling toward 
the capitular rite and to some extent, the things needed to build it 
stronger. We have a large family of dedicated companions in this juris- 
diction. They are ready to promote our deals to the utmost if the lead- 
ers show the same dedication to purpose in a Masonic way. It warms 
my heart when I think of the many warm handclasps I have received 
from those who sit on the level, faithfully endeavoring to make our 
creed mean more to themselves and to their fellow men. 

"Capitular freemasonry in this jurisdiction lost members during the 
year ending December 31, 1964. Although this is a negative situation, 
I feel that the overall picture is heartening, as many chapters that 
have been dormant are showing activity. 

"Leadership among the constituent chapters appears to be more 
inspired. The indications are that the program of promotion and pub- 
licity inaugurated last year, followed by the project of education as to 
what we represent has done much to promote membership and 

"Dormant Chapters have been a problem for several years. This 
year action has been taken to relieve the situation in the case of two 
of those unfortunate chapters. The death of a chapter is a sad affair 
and it is my thought that when a trend toward dormancy is noted in a 
Constituent Chapter that the Grand Chapter should immediately take 
steps to assist the weakening member in overcoming the problem caus- 
ing the decay." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. George C. Bischoff. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Luther C. Homan. 



Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of Scotland were held at Royal Arch Freemasons' Hall, Edinburgh. 

First Grand Principal: M.E. Comp. The Right Hon. The Earl of 
Galloway, L.L., J.P. 

Grand Scribe E.: M.E. Comp. Thomas McFarlane. 

This Reviewer notes with regret, as the companions of our Grand 
Chapter will also, the following report given by the First Grand Prin- 
cipal at a special meeting held December 18, 1964. 

"Companions, as the four months' sick leave granted to Grand 
Scribe E. in September was drawing to a close Supreme Committee at 
their meeting on December 4th requested me to write to him and ask 
him to furnish us with a certificate signed by his doctor stating 
whether or not he would be fit to resume his duties on January 4th, the 
date on which his sick leave would come to an end. I have now received 
this certificate from Grand Scribe E. and to my very great regret I 
have to inform you that the doctor has pronounced him unfit. Grand 
Scribe E. has therefore sent me a letter intimating his resignation. 

"This is a very great blow to the Royal Arch and a personal trag- 
edy for Grand Scribe E. as his whole life was bound up in and revolved 
around his work for the Royal Arch." 

Your Reviewer regrets so much to report the death of M.E. Comp. 
Wm. Laird; he was indeed loved by all who knew him. 

The following motion passed at the Quarterly Convocation, March 5, 
1965, is not only important but of the utmost significance: 

"That there shall be deleted from the Obligations contained in the 
Books of Instruction for the degrees listed in paragraph 4 of the Con- 
stitution of Supreme Grand Chapter all references to the Ancient Pen- 
alties and after the respective Obligations have been sealed there shall 
be added an explanation as follows: — 

"In former times the penalty attaching to the violation of this 
obligation was that of . . . We do not now include this penalty in the 
obligation as we would not wish to, nor indeed could inflict it. We rely 
on the moral penalties prescribed in our laws." 

"The motion was moved by M.E. Companion Donald Reid and sec- 
onded by M.E. Companion F. Elliot Dobie. 

"M.E. Companion F. D. Abbott seconded by M.E. Companion A. 
Laing moved the status quo. 

"On a vote being taken the motion was carried by a large 

One notes with serious thought this observation by the R.W. Sub- 
stitute Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in proposing a 
toast to the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland: 

"... I feel that Freemasonry, not for the first time, is the object 
of attack. It began somewhere about last May. It culminated on Tues- 
day of this week. You may laugh, Companions, but there is a serious 
side to this. It is not the first time that in the history of Freemasonry 
this sort of thing has happened, but it is the first time Freemasonry 
was carried right into the households of millions of TV viewers. Com- 
panions, I know that you are experienced Freemasons and I know that 
there was quite a lot to amuse but, on the other hand, there was quite 
a lot to be serious about. I think that it devotes seriously upon us, on 
you who are past the stage of being Entered Apprentices, Fellows of 
Craft and even newly raised Master Masons who are past that stage. 
You are experienced and with experience should come responsibility, 
and there is responsibility here. I will tell you how I look at it. 


"It began, as I say, with a criticism by a member and a Minister 
in the Church of Scotland. He is young but I think on the whole he was 
reasonably sincere. He was questioned and he said he thought there 
was more loyalty to our Craft on the part of some of his members than 
there was to his Church. Now that is deplorable. He thought it so. I 
think he began quite seriously but whether he continued quite seriously 
I am not so sure. At any rate the end of that story will not be told, or 
the next step of that story will not be told, until the Assembly in May 
and one never knows what is going to happen then when the report 
from the Committee, to which the question was referred, is made to the 

The TV programme was given by a Corporation which rests on the 
taxpayers' money and supported also by contributions from all of us 
who have TV sets. They thought fit to pry into our private lives. It is 
the plain truth Companions. What next will they want to do — introduce 
their cameras to us when we are taking our breakfast, especially on a 
Monday morning when there is talk across the table when none of us 
are at our best. What does the B.B.C. producer want? What is he try- 
ing to do? You saw, or some of you saw, that TV show on Tuesday. 

"I am not blaming the actors. I thought they spoke their parts ex- 
ceedingly well. I thought indeed so far as rhetoric was concerned and 
so far as deportment was concerned they tried their best as profession- 
als to make it sincere and impressive. They are not to blame but 
through the whole of that programme there was a running commen- 
tary interspered here there and much of the time. And what was it 
meant to do? Degrade us, get an easy laugh or a cheap one! I am cer- 
tain that was what the intention was, and I said to myself half way 
through the programme 'I do not think I like that man who is the 
producer of this programme and I doubt very much if I would like to 
sit at the same table with him!' I am quite sure that you all feel the 
same about it. He is just a nasty type but, Companions, some of you 
may have met Freemasons, perhaps Royal Arch Freemasons, and those 
that I have met have not yet reached your level, but I do know quite a 
number of Past Masters, Master Masons to whom I have spoken since 
Tuesday, decent, serious and loyal brethren and they are deeply hurt. 
That is why I say that we should not treat this matter too lightly. 

". . . So, Companions, do not let us treat this matter too lightly. 
Let us take it one little step further. These actors could read, we know 
that. We all know that they could read from books which are published 
and are saleable and are sold, all that they had to do was speak, but 
who, Companions who arranged the Ceremony ? There are bound to have 
been — traitors, to have been renegades! I was horrified to learn, I think 
it was on TV, yes it was that they were claimed to be Scottish Free- 
masons. Yes, there are sure to have been these men there, or that man. 
One man could have done it. Companions, am I being bitter when I say 
that I do hope that that renegade or those renegades are sought out, 
found out and dealt with according to Masonic Law." 

Notwithstanding the seriousness of the foregoing, your Reviewer 
notes with hope and stimulus the following exernts from a response 
made by M.E. Comp. I. A. Khairallah, Grand Superintendent of 
Lebanon : 

"M.E. First Grand Principal, M.E. and E. Companions, and Com- 
panions all, I have travelled long to come to the fountain of Masonry 
from which my country, the Republic of Lebanon and other countries 
of the world have drawn their masonic inspiration and life. 

"Once more mother earth has made a revolution in its orbit around 
the sun, and once more we have travelled across winter with its chill- 


ing, weakening and debilitating influence and have come to this coun- 
try to celebrate the Vernal Equinox, to draw inspiration and get new 
life into our blood system. 

"The Grand Lodge of Scotland end the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Scotland are the Mecca, the Shrine of Masonry. Scotland has 
given the world men of letters, scientists, bards whose writings and 
sayings will live until time shall be no more; but I shall not dwell on 
these contributions to science, art and culture, and will refer to one 
and only one article that Scotland has exported and still exports, and 
may God grant that it shall always do in the realm of the spirit. This 
is the greatest, the most precious article that Scotland has exported 
and still exports. Scotland has exported the idea of universal brother- 
hood, humanitarian principles: and we today in the world, a world sur- 
rounded by evil and pernicious influences, need ever increasingly this 
moral support, this idea of brotherhood, the brotherhood of mankind." 

"Until November 28th, 1964, Freemasonry in Lebanon and in the 
Near East existed by sufferance, by the tacit consent or toleration im- 
plied by abstinence from objection on the part of the State. It had no 
legal personality. On November 28th, 1964, the Lebanese Government, 
through the loyal and persistent efforts of devoted and zealous breth- 
ren of the Craft, under the guidance of wise and broad visioned leaders 
from the various elements of the Lebanese mosaic of nations, acknowl- 
edged Freemasonry as a legal entity, and gave it a personality which 
will enable it to live in its own right and not by sufferance. The Leba- 
nese Government I am very happy to say has come to see that Free- 
masonry was a useful and necessary instrument for the unification of 
the various elements of the mosaic of millets into a strong and vigo- 
rous unit, and a potent means for the creation and the growth of a new 
social order." 

M.E. Comp. The Earl of Galloway, at the banquet following the 
special meeting held on March 19, 1965, stated: 

"I thank you most sincerely for re-electing me as your First Grand 
Principal. I feel I owe you an apology for staying with you for so long 
for I know it is time I made my way for a younger man. Indeed it 
had been my hope that Lord Elginton would succeed me this evening, 
but unfortunately he has been not at all well this past month. His doc- 
tor refuses to allow him to undertake it and so I felt that if you really 
wanted me to carry on I could not possibly let you down. I am ex- 
tremely grateful to you for giving me the chance of working another 
year for you and I must say, as I did upstairs, that I am looking for- 
ward to it very much and I shall do my utmost to see that your confi- 
dence has not been misplaced. May the Most High be with you all and 
with your loved ones throughout this Masonic year which starts to- 
night and let us hope that we shall all be here together this time next 
year with the Order in good shape, good form and with the world still 
at peace. May God bless you all." 

South Carolina 

The 154th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Roval 
Arch Chapter of South Carolina was held at Florence, March 16, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lunice H. Ulm. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Hugh N. Layne. 

Chapters 32: membership February 28, 1964 — 6,324; 1965—6,619; 
net gain 295. 

The Grand Secretary reported: 

"The number exalted in 1964 is the greatest in any year since 1921. 


The increase experienced is the greatest since 1953. Our membership 
in 1924 was 6,629. It is now but ten less than this figure. We are on 
the verge of breaking another record." 

The Grand High Priest in his address stated, in part: 

"We are very proud of the work done in our chapters this year. 
The Companions in some of our chapters have done outstanding work. 
It would be a neglect of duty if I failed to mention that there is a long 
way to go before we can take any pats on the back. 

"Our membership is larger than in any year since 1924. Consider- 
ing what we have to offer, it should be many times over what it is 

"I must follow my predecessors in listing these problems as the 
most disturbing ones and the main ones that we have to combat. 

a. Poor attendance. 

b. Poor ritualistic work. 

c. Poor advertising. 

d. Suspension for non-payment of dues. 

"These are items discussed at the Regional Meeting in Atlanta. 
I will give further mention to these in my recommendations." 
Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Joe F. Edmonds. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp, Hugh N. Layne. 

South Dakota 

The 76th Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 
South Dakota was held at Vermillion, September 28 and 29, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. B. Harry Macy. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E, Buehler. 

Chapters 30; membership June 30, 1965—3,910; net loss 95. 

The Grand High Priest obviously applied himself with diligence 
and industry. It is interesting to note he stated: 

"If I could dwell on the visits made in this and other states during 
the year, on the hospitality and warm fellowship that exists wherever 
we go, on the enthusiasm of so many devout Companions and add to 
this the loyal and energetic efforts of my home Chapter, I could point 
a glowing picture of Royal Arch Masonry. However, a careful study 
of records and statistics brings us back to earth. This is the eighth 
year that we have shown a loss in membership. There must be a good 
reason for this. The principles for which we stand are unquestioned. 
Perhaps we have failed to live up to those principles and the charity 
and benevolence of which we speak so often so that it doesn't material- 
ize. While pessimism can serve no good purpose and positive thinking 
can bring us through to victory, yet it is well to pause occasionally 
and get our bearings to find just where we are. I believe that our Rite 
is as good and as grand as it ever was. but like a tree it must have 
nourishment from its far flung roots if it is to continue to bear fruit. 

"In studying the ten year records of this Grand Chapter and also 
the Fraternal reviews of other Grand Jurisdictions of the nation, the 
fact seems to stand out that our greatest weakness is at the grass 
roots level. If our meetings could be made more interesting and enter- 
taining, a greater effort put forth to invite those who seldom attend 
and more consideration given to civic welfare and work projects, per- 
haps we could imke our organization more useful and worthwhile. 
We must also brighten the image that the public eye holds." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. A. Earl Crook. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Clarence E. Buehler. 



The 136th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chap- 
ter Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee was held at Nashville, March 22 
and 23, 1965. 

Grand High Friest: M.E. Comp. Kelso Harris Renfro. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 

Chapters 85; membership December 31, 1964 — 16,880; net loss 92. 

The Grand High Priest obviously devoted much time and effort to 
his responsibilities, but again we find concern when he reported, and I 
quote in part: 

". . . At last it began to dawn on me that we were losing entirely 
too many members by suspension and I began to fear catastrophic 
consequences. Companions my fears were well founded, this year we 
have been besieged by the worst rash of suspensions that has prevailed 
in this Grand Chapter since the depression years. 

"I am glad to report that interest and morale in most areas of the 
state are good which is evidenced by the substantial gain in exalta- 
tions over last year. It is also my pleasure to report that a definite 
effort is being made all over the state to adhere to our wishes and 
promote good ritualistic work through group conferrals and utilization 
of our best ritualistic talent. This effort on behalf of those who planned 
and arranged these group meetings and participated in them no doubt 
had a favorable bearing on our increase in exaltations. 

"What happened on the other side of the ledger? Why all of these 
suspensions which were the dominating factor in eroding away our 
much hoped for net gain? This blight on the horizon of the future of 
Capitular Masonry is not peculiar to the Grand Chapter of Tennessee. 
It has been more or less prevalent in many Grand Jurisdictions for a 
number of years and is causing much concern among our Masonic lead- 
ers of the General Grand Chapter. 

"Is it possible that we became lax and careless during the years 
of 'The Big Class'? In our anxious endeavor to expand our member- 
ship rolls could we have taken in members who were not good material 
or was it that we simply failed in many cases to indoctrinate our can- 
didates properly in the meaningful ritual of our Rite? Since any Blue 
Lodge Mason is considered to be good Chapter material we must there- 
fore assume that the fault is ours and we have failed in some way to 
inspire our candidates and keep their interest. I dare say that some of 
our Chapters which were showing 10% gains a few years ago are 
presently showing losses equally as large. 

"The simple social and personal life of former years that fostered 
and encouraged Masonic interest and association has changed. We are 
now living in an advanced age of speed and automation and if Masonry 
is to keep abreast of this trend we must streamline our efforts by 
planning the affairs of our Rite very carefully placing emphasis on 
quality in our meetings rather than quantity. No unnecessary meetings 
should be planned and the time spent at our planned meetings should 
be held to a minimum allowance needed to accomplish our purpose . . ." 

The following recommendation by the Grand High Priest is worthy 
of note: 

"It is absolutely necessary that records of the Grand Chapter be 
in agreement with the membership records of subordinate Chapters. 
Years of experience have shown that the only way to do this is to 
make a check periodically of these records, which the Grand Secretary 
has tried to do for several years, by asking each secretary to send in 
a list of his members every three years. Most of our Chapters have 


cooperated, but some have not. This has been done primarily for the 
benefit of the subordinate Chapters, especially the secretaries to help 
them keep their records in order. 

"Since some Chapters will not cooperate on a voluntary basis and 
since this is such an important matter, I feel that we should have a 
Grand Chapter By-Law to require it. I therefore make the following 
recommendation : 

"Add a new section to Article XIX (page 128 of the R.A. Code), 
to be numbered Section 6 — 

"Section 6. Beginning with the year 1967, and every third year 
thereafter, the Secretary of each subordinate Chapter shall send to 
the Grand Secretary a list of the members (Royal Arch Masons only) 
of his Chapter as of December 31 of the preceding year. Such list shall 
be arranged in strict alphabetical order and shall be in the hands of 
the Grand Secretary not later than June 1. Failure to forward said list 
within the prescribed time shall subject the Chapter to a penalty of 
five percent (5%) of the amount last paid the Grand Chapter for dues 
and fees for degrees. The Grand Secretary shall compare these lists 
with the Grand Chapter records as soon as convenient after receipt, 
and within the year, and adjust any discrepancies with the Chapter 
secretaries. *' 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. States Miller Welborn. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Thomas Earl Doss. 


The 115th Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
of Texas was held at Waco, on November 30 and December 1, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Tom Cheatham. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. E. S. Winfree, Jr. 

Chapters 232; membership June 24, 1964 — 46,547; net loss 473. 

Your Reviewer has always been impressed by the tribute to the 
flag and Pledge of Allegiance to it paid by all United States jurisdic- 
tions. The one of Texas is now quoted as an example: 

"GRAND HIGH PRIEST CHEATHAM: Companions, you will join 
me in the pledge of allegiance to the Flag of our Country. 

"THE COMPANIONS (in unison, led by the Grand High Priest) : 
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to 
the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, 
with liberty and justice for all. 

"GRAND HIGH PRIEST CHEATHAM: Companion Sherrod, will 
you give us a tribute to the Flag. 



"Froudly we salute the flag of our country, the emblem of liberty 
to all mankind. Flags, like music and like flowers, speak the universal 
language of men. Flags have been used by organized governments and 
institutions as a proclamation of their authority and to proclaim their 
principles to all the world. No flag, however, has ever stood for a cause 
more sacred or for a destiny more divine than this emblem of freedom, 
the American flag. We are grateful today for the wisdom of our fore- 
fathers, who, with minds and hearts filled with the noble purpose of 
establishing a new liberty in this new land, and with hands guided 
by the experience of all preceding ages, wrote into our Declaration of 
Independence that all men are created equal and that they are endowed 


by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, 
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We acclaim the wisdom and the 
patriotism that impelled such pioneers to foim a young republic to 
nurture and protect such rights with a constitution ordained to 'estab- 
lish justice' and 'secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our 

"This flag we salute this morning, is a beautiful flag. Its white 
stars of purity, engraved as they are in the blue field of justice, are 
as beautiful as budding flowers to those who love them. Its white 
stripes of peace, blended as they are with the red stripes of war, make 
it the most beautiful flag in all the world. 

"This is a victorious flag. It has never been carried in retreat and 
it has never trailed in the dust of dishonor. There has not been one 
blot in its blue, and thank God there has never been one streak in its 

"Companions, if a million brave lads of ours can lay down their 
lives on the battlefield for this flag, then you and I ought to be willing 
to live for it. Not only to carry it in our hands, but to unfurl it in our 
hearts. Glorious, victorious, immortal flag, may your colors forever 
wave over the land of the free and the hemes of the brave." 

The following quote from the address of the Grand High Priest 
is of interest: 

"The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, together with the in- 
dividual members of the constituent, local Chapters, is very proud of 
our Wonderful Home for Aged Masons, established by the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Texas, and maintained for the express purpose of 
making available to the Masons of Texas, and their wives and widows, 
who, upon reaching the period of life, in age, where they have no ade- 
quate home or place to spend their remaining years, and who are not 
in position to enjoy their reclining years in comfort, may enjoy the 
care and protection of the Fraternity of Freemasons. 

"We also, are greatly inspired with the thought and knowledge 
that, in the management of our Home by Dr. C. S. Woodward, and his 
lovely and most gracious wife, (Grace Woodward), our Great Frater- 
nitv has, is, and will continue to afford our Brethren, their wives and 
widows, a new Home, where they will be received with open arms by 
True Friends and Guardians, who will make their lives Beautiful, 
Pleasant and God Like. 

"At the present time our Board of Directors are engaged in the 
Noble and Glorious undertaking of erecting a long needed addition to 
our Home, hereby the husband and wife will have all the comforts 
of a real Christian Home just as is so essential to couples to the end 
that they may live out their span of life together, in peace and happi- 

THIS HOME, then your zeal for the maintenance thereof will exceed 
the boundless realms of eternity." 

And finally: 

"In conclusion, we do most earnestly desire to say to all you Com- 
panions wherever dispersed, that we are conscious of the fact that our 
efforts in behalf of Capitular Masonry have been far too feeble: but 
we do hope, trust and pray that our many mistakes will constantly be 
a forceful reminder to all of our Companions of the sacred trust that 
has been placed in our hands by the Grand High Priest who sits upon 
the Great White Throne and shapes the destiny of all mankind, and be 
thereby reminded of your abiding faith of our Master and be inspired 
to return to our labors which have been so faithfully and happily 


begun and rebuild the House of the Everliving God without the hope of 
fee or reward, except the conscious knowledge of having faithfully dis- 
charged all duties assigned." 

The Address of the Grand Orator is most inspiring but space pre- 
cludes lengthy quotations from it; however, the following is worth 

"Every day brings something additional into our lives and there 
is always the challenge of greater things that are to come. 

"To every man of every age, every clime and every nation there 
is always the challenge of tomorrow. Yesterday is gone with its accom- 
plishments and its failures, with its joys and its sorrows and only the 
memory remains. 

"Today we reap the harvest of yesterday's planting, plant the seeds 
of tomorrow's harvest and dream our dreams of the future. Today we 
endure pain, grief, failure and desolation because there is always the 
challenge of tomorrow. Regardless of today's achievements, today's 
happiness and today's miracles there is always the challenge of to- 

"The greatest challenge of tomorrow is that given by God unto 
Moses: 'Come now therefore and I will send thee unto Pharaoh that 
thou mayest bring forth my people, the Children of Israel out of Egypt.' 
How often it has been said that Masonry is not a religion, but a frat- 
ernity. Yet the great Cornerstone of Freemasonry is an altar placed 
in the center of the Lodge room a burning bush, if you please, from 
which God speaks to us eternally. From it He calls us constantly to 
love our neighbor as ourselves, doing unto him as we wish that he 
should do unto us. From it he calls us constantly into his presence. 
From it come all the truly great challenges of tomorrow. From it He 
calls us constantly: Come now therefore and I will send thee forth unto 
the world that thou may bringest forth my people out of darkness." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Charles C. Sherrod. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. E. S. Winfree, Jr. 


The 54th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chap- 
ter, Royal Arch Masons of Utah, was held at Salt Lake City, on May 
10, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Fred L. Mickelsen. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Paul B. Pickering. 

Chapters 7; membership April 15, 1965 — 1,342; net loss 43. 

Here again we find the Grand High Priest expressing concern, 
inasmuch as he reported under the heading "Where Are We Going?": 

"None can acknowledge that we have done our best and none can 
say that we will not do better. What we deem most important is that 
we will do — rarely more, but if our beloved fraternity fails to fill our 
needs it is because we fail to give it sufficiently of ourselves. Royal 
Arch Masonry is what we make it. York Rite Masonry is the sum 
total of all the effort we as components are willing to sacrifice from 
our pleasure — yes and duties — for it. 

"York Rite Masonry in Utah has less than 20% of the eligible 
Blue Lodge membership. Only one in five has been exposed to and 
benefitted by our Circle of Friendship. Potentially, every Blue Lodge 
member is eligible for the Royal Arch, if for no other reason than to 
complete the structure commenced in the Entered Apprentice Degree. 
We have the incentive purpose, we can by perfecting and strengthen- 
ing our work provide the incentive of satisfaction, with planning, fore- 


sight, and organization the incentive of pleasure will be automatic, 
and we have the answer, the Word." 

And in conclusion: 

"Royal Arch Masonry in Utah, generally, is healthy and aware 
but lacks vigor and appears to need a reappraisal or reaffirmation of 
purpose. The former is probably due to the fact that the active mem- 
bership has been unwilling or unable to recruit replacements for the 
degree work while the latter reflects the apathy and self-satisfaction 
that comes from maturity during booming economic conditions. This is 
not to say that we are not holding our own relative to other Masonic 
organizations, but it does mean that unless the syndromes are analyzed 
and a course of treatment prescribed, what may be a simple tired feel- 
ing at the time may end up a complicated disease, aggravated by mal- 
nutrition, and condemning the patient to oblivion. But Royal Arch 
Masons are dedicated, forthright, and purposeful — men of high moral 
standards, who revere their maker. 

"God willing we shall prosper and do great works." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Lamar H. Jones. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Paul B. Pickering. 


The 148th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Vermont was held at Burlington, on June 8, 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Bernard C. Bryant. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Aaron H. Grout. 

Chapters 26; membership April 30, 1965 — 3,677; net loss 88. 

The following is of interest to our readers: 


"At this point in the proceedings, Companion George Silverman, 
M.E. Grand First Principal of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the 
Province of Quebec, asked our M.E. Grand High Priest for permission 
to make a presentation. Permission being granted, Companion Silver- 
man, with appropriate remarks, presented to the Grand Chapter the 
new National Flag of Canada, namely the maple leaf on a red back- 

"Companion Bryant, our M.E. Grand High Priest, responded gra- 
ciously and the Flag of Canada was placed in the East accompanied 
by a rising ovation by the assembled companions." 

The Grand High Priest in his address expressed far-reaching con- 
clusions, as will be seen from the following: 

"Despite optimistic reports from some local areas, the condition of 
Capitular Masonry is not good. In several Chapters current expendi- 
tures exceed current income. The practice of not requiring elder mem- 
bers to pay dues is beginning to deplete the funds of the Chapters, as 
they, the Chapters, still continue to pay per capita on each and every 
member of the Chapter, whether said members pay dues or not, nor 
are the Chapters taking in enough new members to offset this expense; 
therefore it would seem advisable for the Chapters to raise their dues 
enough to become solvent. 

"As we all know, Capitular Masonry is losing members every year. 
At the same time, we have too many members of the Masonic Frater- 
nity and not enough Masons. Our loss is on an average of one hundred 
members per year, and this seems to apply to nearly all Grand Juris- 


dictions. Since 1921, Vermont has lost over twenty-five hundred Royal 
Arch Masons. 

"As we now have under four thousand members, if this trend con- 
tinues, it is easy to forecast that in another thirty years the York Rite 
will be but a memory. There is something very wrong with any organi- 
zation that has to work as hard as we do to get candidates. There is 
something very wrong with an organization when the High Priest has 
to beg his officers to be present at meetings to learn their part of 
the ritual, and to do their part of conferring degrees. 

"It is quite apparent that something has to be done by the mem- 
bers of Capitular Masonry, as any organization is but a reflection of 
its members. You are your own and only salvation. It would seem ad- 
visable that study and planning begin, to explore ways and means of 
bringing the various York Rite bodies in line with these modern times. 
It would, of course require a period of several years to resolve the 
problems, or perhaps they can not be resolved. 

"In keeping with this theme, I will offer some of my thoughts for 
free, as something to start you thinking along your own lines. 

"That the Chapter and the Council become consolidated. 

"That Royal Arch Masonry be abolished entirely. 

"That the Chapters be abolished, and the Royal Arch degree be a 
part of the Lodge degrees. 

"That the Subordinate Chapters, as such be abolished, that the 
Past Masters and Most excellent Masters Degree be abolished, the 
Grand Chapter to be the sole governing body and dues paid to it, de- 
grees to be conferred by the Grand Chapter or by a proficient degree 
team, in different parts of the state two or three times a year. 

"That degrees be enacted by degree teams, the candidates only 
active in the obligation, grip and words." 

In view of the foregoing, I quote part of the Report of Committee 
on doings of Grand Officers: 

"While our Grand High Priest is concerned, as well we all are, 
about the steady loss of membership in Capitular Masonry we feel that 
perhaps this cycle or downward trend maybe almost at its lowest point. 
From what we can glean most fraternal orders today are having their 
problems but this Committee feels that a fraternity as great and as 
good as our Masonic fraternity will not and cannot fade away. This 
doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned and do our best in promoting 
Masonry but taking a pessimistic view of our problems isn't going to 
help. We agree with our Grand High Priest in that we must all dig in 
and work and work! If we all put our shoulders to the wheel we can 
start this so called loss trend to the upward grade. We haven't seen 
any report on the Committee composed of three members of our Grand 
Body, appointed by the Grand High Priest, and three members each of 
the Grand Council and Grand Commandery to come up with a report 
on the condition of these Grand Bodies but perhaps in this report we 
may find some thoughts that will put a better light on our several 

"Some of our Grand High Priest's thoughts on what to do as stated 
in his address are 'worth thinking about." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Huntress T. Clark. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. D. Burleigh Smalley, Jr. 


Victoria (Australia) 

The Quarterly Convocations of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Vec- 
torial were dleh at Melbourne, on April 1,5 July 15, October 21, 1964, 
and January 20, 1965. 

First Grand Principal: M. Em. Comp. C. T. F. Goy. 

Grand Scribe E.: M. Em. Comp. H. 0. Thomas. 

Chapters III; membership December 31, 1964 — 10,527; gain 3. 

At the Quarterly Meeting on April 15, 1964, M. Em. Comp. D. Swan 
acted as Grand Z. in the absence of M. Em. Comp. C. T. F. Goy, who 
was on a visit to Europe and wrote the Grand Chapter from Zurich, 
Switzerland, and I quote in part: 

"Although so far away from you all, let me assure you that you 
are very much in my thoughts as the time draws near for our Annual 
auspicious occasion of the Grand Installation and Investiture of Supreme 
Grand Chapter Officers. May I take this opportunity of thanking you 
all for electing me for a further term to the highest and most honour- 
able office in our Victorian Jurisdiction. As your First Grand Principal 
during the period now coming to an end, I have had a truly inspiring 
and humbling experience. I am deeply conscious of the privilege which 
has been accorded me, and I have derived tremendous joy in meeting 
so many of the Companions in so many places. There are thousands 
of keen and loyal Royal Arch Freemasons in Victoria whose love of 
the Order is so deeply engraved in their hearts that I have no fears 
whatever for the future." 

"Companions all, when I return from this long-service vacation, 
which has taken me away from you for the time being, I hope to share 
with you in some way the enriching experience of my travels. Of one 
thing I am certain — the whole world needs more and more the deep 
faith and abiding love which is so vividly portrayed in our Holy Royal 
Arch Chapter." 

Also, at the Quarterly Meeting on July 15, 1964, M. Em. Comp. C. 
T. F. Goy was in Brussels, but was in the Chair of Grand Z. at the 
Quarterly Meeting on October 21, 1964, at which time he stated: 

"Added to this, however, is the fact that this will be our official 
celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the creation of the 
Supreme Grand Chapter, and I would not be human if I were not filled 
with a sense of humble pride to be in the position of your leader on 
such an historic occasion." 

"Let the key note 'of this auspicious and happy occasion be one 
of thanksgiving and praise to the Most High for we have so much for 
which to be thankful. 

"Over the passing years our beloved Order has grown tremendously 
in numbers, unity and grace. I have observed with much satisfaction 
and joy that the atmosphere of reverence and worshipful dignity char- 
acterises most of our undertakings and this is as it should be, for our 
very name, the Holy Royal Arch, indicates the deeply religious nature 
of all our ceremonies. Companions, you need no reminder from me that 
in these materialistic days there is a great need to have and to hold 
the true spiritual values of life, and this is the very heart of all the 
teaching of our esteemed and venerable institution/' 

Space precludes recording a most impressive Ceremony of Com- 
memoration of the 75th Anniversary. However, the Solemn Invocation 
was that of the fervent prayer of supplication to the Most High at 
the dedication of the original grand Temple, which commences, "O 
Lord God of Israel, there is no God like Thee, in heaven above or earth 
beneath . . ." 


The reading of the first Summons, dated February 1st, 1889, and 
the first minutes, dated March 21st, 1889. 

The G.Z. gave a comprehensive address particularly covering the 
history of Masonry and R.A.M. in Victoria, pointing out that in 1840 
the first Craft Lodge, known as Australia Felix, was consecrated, and 
four years later a chapter of Royal Arch Masons attached to the Aus- 
tralia Felix Lodge and named Australasian Chapter No. 1 was duly con- 

The Grand Z's address to the assembly was entitled "The Future 
of Royal Arch Freemasonry" and I quote extracts therefrom: 

'Companions, what of our future? Surely it is not enough to glory 
in the achievements of the past, nor to indulge in warmly congratulat- 
ing ourselves upon the accomplishments of the present. 

"This is the hour, the very moment when we must in all sincerity 
look to the future. Such a celebration as this would be futile were we 
unable to understand that in it there is a real and vital challenge. At 
every Consecration ceremony the Grand Chaplain is requested by the 
Constituting Officer to deliver an oration upon the nature and purpose 
of the institution. That is the question I am now asking, and I want 
to answer it by referring you to a Parable which is contained in the 
Sacred Writings in the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel." 

And finally: 

"This is the time of the year when this beautiful city of Melbourne 
is at its best — with its lovely gardens — its trees covered with the 
springtime foliage — its gaily coloured flowers and green lawns. All 
this comes about because of our wonderful water supply — the best and 
purest in the world. 

"Where does it begin — away up on the snow-clad mountains — those 
little rivulets growing into streams and then into swift-flowing rivers 
filling our mighty dams and reservoirs. 

"Companions — is that a picture of this Supreme Order? It begins 
at the Altar of God — it is carried by human channels — people like you 
and me. If we are sincere we can feed these living waters of love and 
faith and peace into the lives of others and they in turn can pass them 
on, until the little stream becomes a mighty river, cleansing the life 
of the community. When we scatter the corn on a new Chapter on 
nights of consecration — and down there on the table is the cornucopia, 
one of our sacred vessels, we say these words: 

'May the blessings of morality and virtue increase under its aus- 
pices, producing fruit an hundredfold.' 

"Is Royal Arch Freemasonry like that? Is it like a fresh whole- 
some stream flowing out into the multitudes of men, and bringing 
healing, goodwill, virtue and above all, brotherly love, so this poor old 
world may be all the happier and better because of it. 

"May the Most High grant this is so — and then our future is as- 
sured, and all that we have celebrated this night shall be well worth 
while, and we, the recipients of this priceless heritage, may transmit 
it pure and unsullied, from year to year, and from generation to 

At the Quarterly Convocation held on January 20, 1965, the Grand 
Z. stated in his address: 

"But what of the future? None of us can penetrate the veil which 
mercifully hides the coming days. About them we have our hopes and 
our fears, our keen anticipations and our grave misgivings. How shall 
we face them? In this regard Royal Arch Freemasonry has to offer 
some valuable lessons. The first is to accept whatever comes in a spirit 
of true humility, and determination. The Sojourners on their great 


adventure did this in a magnificent way, content to perform the hum- 
blest task to the best of their ability. 

"The second is to move forward in faith. Here again the Sojourn- 
ers are for us a splendid example, for what sent them forth on their 
hazardous journey was their faith in God, and their great desire to be 
engaged in His service. In such a spirit let us face our journey into the 
future, 'going out into the darkness with our hand in the hand of God, 
which is better than a light and safer than a known way'." 

Elections — 

First Grand Principal: M. Em. Comp. A. J. R. Matthews. 

Grand Scribe E.: M. Em. Comp. H. 0. Thomas. 


The 157th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Virginia 
was held in Richmond, on October 27 and 28, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Benjamin Edgar Chapman. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Carl Frank Wood. 

Chapters 46; membership September 30, 1964 — 17,728; net loss 116. 

The following remarks by the Most Wor. Bro. Millard H. Robbins 
will, I feel sure, be of interest: 

"I think it can be taken for granted we all agree with the principle 
that no man can become a Companion of the Royal Craft until he has 
received the degrees of the Symbolic Lodge, namely the Entered Ap- 
prentice, Fellow Craft and the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. The 
Royal Arch is an additional degree, supplying additional information. 
I subscribe to the truth that the Symbolic Lodge is the great heart 
of Freemasonry. No man can sever the blood stream of his Masonic 
life from that great pulsating heart and continue to live Masonically. 

"Our first supreme allegiance is to the symbolic lodge. Just as 
surely as this is true, so it is that no Mason can have his greatest 
growth; the greatest depth to the horizon of his thoughts; or a greater 
depth of understanding; nor a vision of Masonic lore and interest in the 
symbolic lodge. 

"One needs the widening viewpoints in the Masonic ideals as por- 
trayed in the Capitular and Cryptic Degrees; he needs to continue his 
Masonic education, if you please, until it has encompassed the whole 
of Ancient Craft Masonry. Certainly Ancient Craft Masonry is not 
complete without the Royal Arch Degree. 

"I am aware, my Companions, that a movement is on in the Royal 
Craft to stimulate Royal Arch Masonry in Virginia, I wish for it a 
very successful ending." 

The address of the Grand High Priest is most revealing and proves 
beyond question that he applied himself with the utmost industry and 
diligence. He, however, expressed concern on the condition of the Royal 
Craft, as will be seen from the following: 

"Companions, my visits within and without the State during the 
past year have increased my concern for the condition of Royal Arch 
Masonry. In this very room a year ago, at the organization meeting 
with the District Deputies, I expressed the thought that the three 
major problems confronting Royal Arch Masonry were membership, 
attendance and proficiency, and that these three problems — member- 
ship, attendance and proficiency — were fast becoming three road blocks 
to Royal Arch progress. These three factors always work together. 
If membership is weak, attendance will be small and ritualistic pro- 
ficiency will be weak." 

"We must turn these three factors, these three problems, these 


three road blocks — membership, attendance and proficiency — into step- 
ping stones in order that we may pursue our journey. These three fac- 
tors — membership, attendance and proficiency — can become stepping 
stones for Royal Arch progress rather than remain road blocks, if we 
so desire. I truly believe that if our membership grows attendance at 
meetings will improve, and if attendance is good ritualistic proficiency 
will increase. 

"My travels during the past year throughout the Commonwealth 
have increased my concern over these three factors. I have been in 
Chapters that had not exalted a Companion for more than a year. I 
have been at District Meetings where if it had not been for those who 
visited with me a Chapter meeting could not have been opened. I have 
been a Chapter meetings where attendance, other than Line Officers, 
was small indeed. I have been in Chapters where many Line Officers 
were absent and their stations filled by others, and I have been in 
Chapters where many of the regular officers could not perform their 
duties with satisfaction." 

". . . Yes, we have made forward steps towards solution of one 
major problem confronting our Fraternity, and now we have the oppor- 
tunity of making further progress. We must continuously work for in- 
creased membership. Our increased membership campaign must be 
planned on a State wide basis and administered by the Grand High 
Priest and all Grand Line Officers; especially should the Grand Secre- 
tary be used in implementing a membership campaign. Increased mem- 
bership must be encouraged on a District Deputy level, and our plan 
calls for increased membership and attendance activity on the local 
level, administered under the guidance of each High Priest of each 
Subordinate Chapter . . ." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. R. Garnett Bledsoe, Jr. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Carl Frank Wood. 


The 115th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of the State of Wisconsin was held in the City of Eau Claire, 
on May 3 and 4, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Vilas C. Welda. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 

Chapter 93; membership December 31, 1964—15,800; loss 623. 

The following is of interest and taken from the address of the 
Grand High Priest: 

"My visit to Camp Sandstone at Green Lake on August 23 was an 
educational experience I shall always appreciate and remember with 

"Yes — I was proud, because the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons has sponsored DeMolay in Wisconsin since its inception by 
means of a portion of the per-capita tax of each Companion. For many 
years this was done without help from other Masonic Bodies, but in 
seeing the great benefits DeMolay offered to our young men, they too 
are now giving much help to this great and wonderful Order. 

"If each and every one of the Companions here today would but 
see the fine Camp, see the large number of men who give so generously 
of their time to work with the boys, the educational program for the 
encampment and the many, many other things that go into the work- 
ings of the fraternal project, you too would say 'we should do more 
for the Order of DeMolay.' We can, Companions, just the price of a 


cup of coffee from each Royal Arch Mason in Wisconsin would make 
a very generous additional contribution. Can we deny so little to those 
in Masonry who give so much?" 

And finally: 

"From the visitation reports of the Grand Chapter Officer and the 
comments noted on the reports of the District Instructors, I have every 
reason to feel confident that Royal Arch Masonry in Wisconsin is 
strong and healthy. The Companions of the Constituent Chapters, in 
most instances, show a desire to improve their Chapters. 

"Nevertheless the loss in membership this past year is the largest 
since we last showed a gain, nine years ago. This is due to no one but 
ourselves, my Companions. You and I, as Officers and leaders of the 
Companions in the Chapters, must share the blame and reckon with 
the facts as they are." 

"Leadership by the High Priest and Secretary of a Chapter deter- 
mines the destiny of the Chapter. Therefore, the selection of the proper 
Officers in a Chapter should be of prime concern. I have seen a Chap- 
ter at its lowest ebb have a High Priest elected, who is a sparkplug, 
take over and bring that Chapter to the top. I can name a Chapter in 
which this happened just this past year. 

"Companions, only 27% of the Master Masons in Wisconsin belong 
to the Chapter. Think of this — only 27% of our Brethren have received 
the Grand Masonic Word. Should we be so lax as to let 73% of the 
Master Masons in this Great State continue to go through their 
Masonic lives without ever having received the Grand Masonic Word? 
The Royal Arch Degree is the only degree in Masonry that can offer 
this uncomparable — The Grand Masonic Word — to them." 

The following will, I believe, be of interest to many: 

"Cooperation is collective action for a common benefit. To have 
Masonic Cooperation we must have unity — unity of all bodies of 
Masonry. A few years ago the Wisconsin Conference for Masonic Unity 
was established for the accomplishment of this aim. 

"The membership of this conference consists of the following: 

GRAND LODGE— Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Senior 
Grand Warden and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter — Grand High Priest, Grand King, Grand Scribe and 
Grand Secretary. 

Grand Council — Illustrious Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, 
Grand Principal Conductor and Grand Secretary. 

Grand Commandery — Grand Commander, Deputy Grand Com- 
mander, Grand Generalissimo and Grand Recorder. 

Wisconsin Council of Deliberation of the Accepted Scottish Rite — 
Deputy of Supreme Council, Active Members of Supreme Council and 

Shrines — Potentates, Chief Rabbans, Assistant Rabbans and Secre- 
taries of both the Zor and the Tripoli Shrine Temples. 

"This conference has met twice a year and discussed the problems 
of Masonry in general . . . 

"The purpose of this Association is: 

1. To promote universal harmony of all the York Rite Bodies in 
the state so that they act and think as one body instead of 
three separate bodies. 

2. To extend this harmonious cooperation to all the York Rite 
Bodies on the local level so that we do not have areas in the 
State which are trouble spots. 


3. To create financially stable York Rite Bodies in all local areas 
so that our aims of Charity and Fraternalism can be carried 
on with the maximum of efficiency. 

4. To establish a high level of efficiency in the conferring of 
York Rite Degrees, so that the maximum effect can be given 
the candidate. 

5. To create such an interest in the York Rite Degrees to all 
Master Masons that we will have a natural and gradual in- 
crease in the membership in all York Rite Bodies." 

Elections — 

Grand Hight Priest: M.E. Comp. Harold E. Krause. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Earl B. Bauer. 

West Virginia (1964) 

The 94th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of West Virginia was held at Clarksburg, on October 12 and 
13, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. James D. Jeffries. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Nelson S. Orkney. 

Chapters 47; membership June 30, 1964—10,376; loss 113. 

The Grand High Priest in his address stated he was very optimistic 
concerning the future of Royal Arch Masons in West Virginia. He went 
on to say: 

"Three factors most observed in reviewing the conditions of a chap- 
ter, are; interest, attendance and ritual. In all cases when the District 
Deputy Grand Lecturers report indicates that any one of these factors 
is good or excellent, the other two are like-wise, good or excellent. Con- 
versely if any one of these factors is reported not good, the other two 
are also not good. I conclude, therefore, that these three factors are 
all dependent on each other. 

"The cause and effect I leave you to judge, but I submit that good 
ritual is the controlling factor, and one that can be acquired and main- 
tained by any chapter. 

"At a similar meeting of a Grand Body I once heard the presiding 
officer 'harangue the craft' for one and a half hours, and said nothing 
new. I now find myself falling into that same pitfall. There is little 
that I can say that has not been said many times." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William W. Roberts. 

Grand Secretary: R.E. Comp. Nelson S. Orkney. 

West Virginia (1965) 

The 95th Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch 
Masons of West Virginia was held at Huntington, on October 11 and 
12, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. William W. Roberts. 

Acting Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George V. Gorrell. 

Chapters 47; membership June 30, 1965 — 10,252; net loss 126. 

The Grand High Priest worked diligently because of the illness of 
the Grand Secretary, R.E. Comp. Nelson S. Orkney, who was thus 
forced to retire on March 4, 1965, and as a consequence filled the duties 
of Grand Secretary until May 12, 1965, when he appointed M.E. Comp. 
G. V. Gorrell as Acting Grand Secretary. 


In his address the G.H.P. stated with respect to "The Condition of 
the Craft" as follows: 

"The Grand Chapter was in the main without the services of the 
Grand Secretary for approximately six months, beginning soon after 
the Grand Chapter officers had been installed, because of the serious 
illness of our Beloved Companion Nelson S. Orkney. As a result thereof 
the work of the Grand Chapter did not gain momentum until after our 
Acting Grand Secretary was appointed and assumed his duties. 

"The record discloses that there was a loss of 126 in membership 
this year. Fifteen chapters gained while thirty chapters lost and two 
chapters neither gained nor lost. 

"Eleven dispensations have been granted since July 1, 1965, to 
chapters authorizing them to receive and ballot on petitions for mem- 
bership at stated convocations, so that candidates may be elected to 
be exalted. This increased activity indicates a renewed interest and 
assures us that if we continue to work diligently, a gain in member- 
ship will occur in the next capitular year. 

"The Grand Chapter has a bright future and I am confident that 
the ensuing year will be one of achievement." 

The following excerpt from a report of a Special Committee is of 

"Our present arrangements for meeting ahead of Grand Lodge 
constitute a practice of many years standing. It should never be for- 
gotten that our esoteric rites and ceremonies originally came from the 
Craft Lodges, nor that of all the so-called Concordant Masonic Bodies 
our Royal Arch Chapter alone can claim organic connection with 
Ancient Craft Masonry. The present arrangement whereby our Annual 
Convocation nestles up to the Annual Communication of Grand Lodge 
(which is purposely postponed for such reason) is a symbol of that 
intimate connection which we are taught should ever exist between our 
Most Sublime Degrees and the teachings of our Ancient Craft. So pro- 
foundly and so pervasively is this the case that the time set for the 
assembly of these Grand bodies has developed an aura of Masonic Craft 
Week, and to destroy these sacred bonds would in the minds of many 
be an unholy and irreverent thing to do." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Howard K. Brown. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. George V. Gorrell. 

Wyoming (1964) 

The 56th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming was held at Green River, on Sep- 
tember 14, 1964. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Will E. Lee. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Frederick Sims. 

Chapters 21; membership June 30, 1964—3,115; net loss 46. 

The Grand High Priest in his address made some potent observa- 
tions and I quote: 

"In the Official Visits I did make, I felt that I was there for ob- 
serving operations and assisting wherever possible. I realized that in 
a good many instances there were those present who probably were as 
well or better qualified in the work as I. In those visits where it was 
my pleasure to talk, the discussion centered around the theme of stand- 
ing up for the things which were right, in other words, 'Stand up and 
be counted.' Also in my discussions I took occasion to point out that 
the apathy, inconsistencies and lack of moral fibre of people in gen- 


eral, might be leading us down the path so often followed by preced- 
ing nations and cultures. The following graphically shows the path 
taken by these preceding nations. History records that 14 of the 21 
great civilizations which the world has known have already passed 
away. The average time they have existed has been 200 years. The 
record shows that each of these have gone through the following 

From bondage to spiritual faith 

From spiritual faith to great courage 

From great courage to liberty 

From liberty to abundance 

From abundance to selfishness 

From selfishness to complacency 

From complacency to apathy 

From apathy to dependency 

From dependency back again to defeat and bondage, 
(in 12 years our nation will be 200 years old)." 

"I am happy to relate that nothing of controversial nature between 
or in constituent Chapters has been submitted to me, therefore no 
decisions were required. To me this would indicate complete harmony. 
"Under this heading, however, I would like to report that I re- 
ceived a request from Korein Temple Shrine, Rawlins, for an official 
opinion as to Garfield Chapter using the building for convocations, 
should the Shrine remodel the building to include a bar and lounge. I 
expressed my disapproval but forwarded the matter to the Jurispru- 
dence Committee. I am hopeful that this Grand Chapter will act upon 
the request for the guidance of future Grand High Priests." 
The Jurisprudence Committee reported: 

"The action of the M.E. Grand High Priest in disapproving the use 
of the Shrine Building for convocations, when housing a bar and a 
lounge is approved." 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edward N. Shellinger. 
Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Frederick Sims. 

Wyoming (1965) 

The 57th Annual Convocation of the Most Excellent Grand Chapter 
of Royal Arch Masons of Wyoming was held at Sheridan, September 
13, 1965. 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Edward N. Shellinger. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Frederick Sims. 

Chapters 21; membership June 30, 1965—3,092; net loss 23. 

The Grand High Priest has the following to say on the "Condition 
of the Craft": 

"I am very optimistic concerning the future of Royal Arch 
Masonry in Wyoming. True we suffered a loss in membership this year 
but our net loss is much less than last year, and I am hopeful that this 
indicates a trend upward. 

"I was very much impressed by the degree work that was con- 
ferred by the Chapters. Those Chapters that put on work when I visited 
them, did exceptionally good work, and are to be congratulated, and 
I am sure the other Chapters do equally as well. 

"Three factors most observed in reviewing the condition of a Chap- 
ter, are interest, attendance and ritual. In all cases when the report 

indicates that any one of these is good or excellent, the other two are 
like-wise good or excellent, conversely if anyone of these factors is 
reported not good, the other two are not good. I conclude therefore 
that these factors are all dependent on each other. 

"The cause and effects I leave you to judge, but I submit that good 
ritual is the controlling factor, and one that can be acquired and main- 
tained by any Chapter." 

Elections — 

Grand High Priest: M.E. Comp. Alfred R. Corsberg. 

Grand Secretary: M.E. Comp. Frederick Sims. 

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